Legislators Sign Declaration to Strengthen Mexico’s Commitment to CITES Compliance

October 04, 2017
Legislators Sign Declaration to Strengthen Mexico’s Commitment to CITES Compliance

Under the leadership of Senator Marcela Guerra, Co-Chair of the Mexican Conservation Parliamentary Group, participating Members of Congress signed a legislative declaration committing to Mexico’s compliance with CITES and calling for NAFTA parties to consider provisions promoting sustainable, traceable trade.

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Under the leadership of Senator Marcela Guerra, Co-Chair of the Mexican Conservation Parliamentary Group.

Members of the Mexican Congress assembled in Mexico City on October 4, 2017 for a panel discussion facilitated by ICCF Mexico to discuss ways in which trilateral cooperation toward the enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) could be strengthened within the framework of modernization talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

participating Members of Congress signed a legislative declaration committing to Mexico’s compliance with CITES and calling for NAFTA parties to consider provisions promoting sustainable, traceable trade and adherence to parties’ commitments under CITES.

Eight senators and three deputies signed the declaration: Senators Ernesto Cordero Arroyo (President of the Board of Directors), Jesús Casillas Romero, Silvia Garza Galván, Raúl Aaron Pozos Lanz, Luisa María Calderón Hinojosa, Victor Hermosillo y Celada, Ricardo Barroso Agramont, and Jorge Aréchiga Ávila and Deputies Ignacio Pichardo Lechuga, Alma Lucía Arzaluz Alonso, and María de los Ángeles Rodríguez Aguirre. Others participating in discussions were specialists from various sectors, including SEMARNAT, CONABIO, SAGARPA, PROFEPA, INECC, SRE, the United States Embassy in Mexico, the United States Department of State, the British Embassy in Mexico, UNDP, Reforestamos México, Neek Capital, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Read below the full text of the declaration (translated from original Spanish)

We reaffirm our commitment to complying with CITES in Mexico and recognize the need to promote improvements to the legal and public policy framework that favor the achievement of its objectives, especially considering:

That the improvement of the legal framework and the mechanisms for generating knowledge, management, regulation and surveillance of the legal markets for wild species, together with the strengthening of mechanisms for control and sanction of illegal trade, are a priority to guarantee conservation and the sustainable use of Mexico's natural capital;

That the implementation of CITES is of the utmost importance for the implementation of other international commitments such as Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Objectives and the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi Goals, helping national development integrate environmental dimensions, economic and social;

That we need to make additional efforts to ensure the effective implementation of CITES, and that for this, the Legislative Branch must join forces with the Executive and Judicial Power, since only with institutional strengthening and full coordination will it be possible to completely eradicate illegal trade of species in Mexico and promote sustainability and traceability;

We recognize that it is extremely important that this work is carried out in a framework of close cooperation with the United States and Canada, and call for legal, sustainable and traceable trade in wild species to be considered in the current talks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement by promoting the broad participation of local communities, academia, civil society, the private sector and the government at all levels;

We also commit ourselves to use our constitutional powers of review, scrutiny, budget and legislation to ensure that Mexican institutions comply with CITES objectives and contribute to safeguarding the biological diversity of the country and the planet, promoting sustainable development alternatives for rural communities in Mexico;

In conclusion, we reaffirm our commitment to this agenda and call upon our counterparts in the United States and Canada to consider the points made in this statement and to support us in furthering trilateral cooperation on wildlife conservation and the promotion of its legal, sustainable and traceable trade.

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