The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties will hold a public hearing inCanberra on Monday 1 February 2021 to discuss amendments to the Convention onthe Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The Committee will hear evidence on changes to the lists of protected speciesarising from the CITES 18th Conference of the Parties.

CITES protects endangered species by regulating international trade in thosespecies and their products.

“Two small, but lucrative industries – musical instrument manufacturing andsea cucumber fishing, are likely to be the most affected in Australia,” saidCommittee Chair Mr Dave Sharma MP.

“Musical instrument makers will benefit from an easing of restrictions on theuse of Rosewoods, while people wishing to export sea cucumbers will need toobtain a permit to export this endangered species.”

The Committee will also review recent amendments to the Agreement on MutualRecognition in relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Markingsbetween Australia and the Republic of Iceland, the Principality ofLiechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway [European Free Trade Association –European Economic Area].

Public hearing details

Date: Monday 1 February 2021
Time: 11.00am – 12.00 noon
Location: Committee Room 2R1, Parliament House

Please note that access to the public hearing is restricted as a pandemiccontrol measure. The hearing can be accessed online .

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