HTML _ 94-802 - Mahoganies: International Protection?
20-Oct-1994; Lynne Corn; 4 p.

Abstract: The issue for 18 mahogany species is whether any qualifies for regulation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).(1) Pessimists on this issue say ¨yes,¨ while optimists see the abundance of species in parts of their range and therefore say ¨no.¨ Both camps question the accuracy of data supplied by the other side. Both agree that the presence of mahogany trees may provide local governments with an incentive to retain rain forests, especially since mahogany cultivation has not been particularly successful. The ninth Conference of Parties (COP9) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet November 7-18, 1994, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Dutch and German proposals to regulate trade in 18 neotropical and African mahoganies will be a major issue. The Administration has not yet taken a position on these proposals. Of the 44 range states (nations having native mahogany species proposed for regulation) in the Americas and Africa, 23 have taken a public position. Nine range states (including Brazil, Bolivia, and Zimbabwe) publicly oppose listing; 10 (including Mexico, Colombia, Liberia, and Botswana) support it; and 4 (including South Africa) are neutral. [read report]

Topics: Forests

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