IOSEA Working Group to address issues related to marine
In the aftermath of the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States (Bonn,
September 2014), it was decided to establish a
working group to address issues related to turtle take and trade. This
decision was prompted by the findings of the IOSEA synthesis
report "Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the
IOSEA Region", which highlighted numerous examples of ongoing illegal activity across the region.
Expressions of interest to participate
in the Working Group have included:
— Among IOSEA Signatory States: Australia,
Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives,
Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, United States.
— Among IOSEA Advisory
Committee members: Dr. Colin Limpus, Dr. Jeff Miller
— Among partner international organisations: the InterAmerican
Sea Turtle Convention (IAC)
During the course of 2015, the Working Group was consulted on and provided inputs to several iterations of the revised Executive Summary (of the synthesis report), which was ultimately submitted as a Information Document for consideration by the 66th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (Geneva, January 2016).