|No. 993 Geneva, 29 October 1997
Trade in Psittacus erithacus
1. During its 38th meeting, the Standing Committee adopted a number of decisions relating to trade in Psittacus erithacus from Cameroon, as follows:
a) The Standing Committee recommends that the Parties not accept any Cameroonian export permit for specimens of Psittacus erithacus until 31 December 1997, given that the export of more than 23,000 grey parrots in 1996 covers the quota of 12,000 for 1996 and 1997.
b) The Standing Committee requests the Management Authority of Cameroon to produce a report providing details of measures taken by Cameroon to ensure correct monitoring of the use of its export quota for Psittacus erithacus. The Secretariat should notify Parties of the quota for this species for the calendar year 1998 only when it is satisfied with the report received.
c) A mission should be conducted by the Secretariat to evaluate measures referred to in paragraph b) above and the general problems of CITES implementation and enforcement in Cameroon.
2. Management Authorities are requested to inform the Secretariat about any attempt to use Cameroonian permits for importing specimens of Psittacus erithacus.
3. As several shipments from Cameroon have taken place with export permits of other countries, it is strongly recommended that, before accepting any shipment of specimens of Psittacus erithacus from another country, in particular from one that shares a border with Cameroon, Management Authorities should satisfy themselves that the birds do indeed originate in the country that issued the export permit.