Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203; and for information on species proposals, contact the Division of Scientific Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 110, Arlington, VA 22203. Our regulations governing this public process are found in 50 CFR 23.87.
On October 4, 2012, the United States submitted to the CITES Secretariat, for consideration at CoP16, its species proposals, proposed resolutions, proposed decisions, and other agenda items. These documents are available on our Web site athttp://www.fws.gov/international/cites/cop16/.
Announcement of Provisional Agenda for CoP16
The provisional agenda for CoP16 is currently available on the CITES Secretariat's Web site athttp://www.cites.org/eng/cop/16/doc/index.php.The working documents associated with the items on the provisional agenda, including proposed resolutions, proposed decisions, and discussion documents, are also available on the Secretariat's Web site. To view the working document associated with a particular agenda item, access the provisional agenda at the above Web site, locate the particular agenda item, and click on the document link for that agenda item in the column entitled “Document.” Finally, the species proposals that will be considered at CoP16 are available on the Secretariat's Web site. Proposals for amendment of Appendices I and II can be accessed at the web address given above. We look forward to receiving your comments on the items on the provisional agenda.
Announcement of Public Meeting
We will hold a public meeting to discuss with you the items on the provisional agenda for CoP16. The public meeting will be held on the date specified in theDATESsection and at the address specified in theADDRESSESsection. You can obtain directions to the building by contacting the Division of Management Authority (see theFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTsection above). Please note that the Sidney Yates Auditorium is accessible to the handicapped and all persons planning to attend the meeting will be required to present photo identification when entering the building. Persons who plan to attend the meeting and who require interpretation for the hearing impaired must notify the Division of Management Authority by November 21, 2012. For those who cannot attend the public meeting but are interested in watching via live stream please go to our Web sitehttp://www.fws.gov/international/cites/cop16/,and look for the link to the live feed.
Through an additional notice and Web site posting in advance of CoP16, we will inform you about tentative U.S. negotiating positions on species proposals, proposed resolutions, proposed decisions, and agenda items that were submitted by other Party countries, the permanent CITES committees, and the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoP16.
Author:The primary author of this notice is Mark Bellis, Division of Management Authority; under the authority of the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531et seq.).
Dated: October 24, 2012.
Rowan W. Gould,