Wildlife law Revision Workshop held in China

IFAW China logoReforming China Wildlife Protection Law Workshop Feb 2014

On February 18, BeijingNormalUniversity, a partner of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program (ARREST) facilitated and co-hosted a workshop on revising China’s Wildlife Protection Law in Beijing. Representatives from governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector attended the workshop. They included the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), China Zoological Society, All China Environmental Protection Federation, and China Environmental Legislation Association. The workshop looked at issues related to the People’s Republic of China’s current Wildlife Protection Law including captive breeding of endangered species, the lack of an open mechanism for revising the listing of endangered species and the lack of participation from civil society stakeholders in the process of revising the law.  Participants of the workshop agreed that a revised law should have articles on strict protection principals, limiting captive breeding to conservation purposes and periodically reviewing endangered species listings based on the IUCN Red list’s assessment procedures. The public should also be well informed of the entire revision process. The importance of raising public awareness to reduce consumption of endangered species in China was also highlighted by many stakeholders at the workshop. Officials from China’s National People’s Congress committed to considering suggestions from civil society during the revision process and to bring the workshop’s recommendations back to a group of congressmen for further discussion.

 

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