Uneasy start for Botswana at CITES

Speaking out: Botswana’s CITES representative, Cyril Taolo speaking in Panama this week
Speaking out: Botswana’s CITES representative, Cyril Taolo speaking in Panama this week

A proposal by Botswana and Zimbabwe to change the voting rules and give more weight to countries directly affected by major proposals, narrowly avoided defeat on the first day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) this week. West African states once again led the charge against Botswana and her neighbours, notes Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

“We are opposed to this proposal and we feel that there’s no need to waste any more time on this debate because there’s no consensus emerging.”

The Senegalese representative at CITES’ Conference of Parties (CoP) taking place until November 25 in Panama City appeared to getting exasperated with the debate on the proposal by Botswana and Zimbabwe to change the voting rules at the wildlife trade organisation.

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