African Wildlife Consultative Forum: 8 -12 Nov 2015

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Sunday 08 November

18:00 Registration – Hotel Foyer

Welcome Beverages and Hotel Check-in

19:00 Dinner at the Signature Clubhouse

Monday 09 November

9:00 Government meeting: Discuss national and multilateral issues and finalize the 2015 AWCF agenda.

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

PH Association Business Meeting

Moderator: OPHASA Chairman assisted by John Boretsky

Other Private Meetings as Needed

12:30 Lunch the Signature Clubhouse

14:00 Meetings Continue

16:00 Private Meetings between delegations as needed.

19:00 Dinner meetings between PH associations and their Governments.

Dinner tables arranged at the hotel for each group at the Signature Clubhouse.

Tuesday 10 November

9:00 Session 1: OFFICIAL OPENING

Official Opening of Meeting:

SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL(S):

PH Associations Address to the Forum: Danene van der Westhuyzen; Chair of the Operators and Professional Hunters Associations of Southern Africa

SCI Foundation Address: President Joe Hosmer and Conservation Chairman Al Maki

Review and discuss progress of proposed 2014 AWCF actions items.

Approval of Minutes from the 13th Meeting of the AWCF that took place in Ethiopia in 2014.

Session 2: Land Use Planning in Africa

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: Increases in the Human Population and the Impacts on Wildlife and Conservation.

David Johnson, Population and Sustainability Network

Presentation: Land Use Planning on the Country Level: South Africa’s Approach to Land Use Planning.

Wilma Lutsch, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Presentation: Land Use Planning on the Local Level

Senator Chief Duster Chisunga of Masoka Ward, Zimbabwe

Discussion: Land Use Planning in Africa: Existing Government Frameworks and Methods to Improve Land Use Planning for Better Conservation Measures

14:00 Session 3 Anti-Poaching

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: Anti-Poaching Projects in Kruger National Park

Ken Maggs and Major Gen Jooste, SANParks

Presentation: Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.)

Catherine Semcer, Chief Operations Officer

Discussion: Approaches and Impacts of Anti-Poaching Efforts in each Country.

Session 4: National Biodiversity Economy Development Strategy

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: National Biodiversity Economy Development Strategy (NBEDS)

Dr. Moscow Marumo, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentation

17:00 Close Day

19:00 Dinner at the Signature Clubhouse

Wednesday 11 November

8:00 Session 5: African Lion and other Predators

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: African Lion Periodic Review Update and Conclusions.

TBD, Namibia

Presentation: Captive Lion Management and Hunting

Olga Kumalo, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentation

Presentation: Carnivores in the Zambezi Region.

Lise Hanssen, Caprivi Carnivore Project

Presentation: The Tanzania Lion Project

Dr. Jerry Belant, Mississippi State University

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentations; Ongoing Research Initiatives for the African lion (Panthera leo)

Session 6: Elephants

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: Enhancement Under the US Endangered Species Act

Tim Van Norman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Presentation: Illegal Elephant Killing, Ivory trade, and the MIKE Programme

Julian Blanc, CITES Secretariat

Presentation: Updates to the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan.

Abednico Macheme, Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentation

Presentation: Impacts of the African Elephant Importation Ban in the CAMPFIRE program in Zimbabwe.

Charles Jonga, CAMPFIRE

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentation

Session 7: International Trade Policy Part 1

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: Key Issues for CITES Standing Committee 66

Julian Blanc, CITES Secretariat

Presentation: Key Issues for CITES Convention of the Parties 17

Thea Carroll, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Discussion: Developing Unified Strategies for CITES Convention of the Parties 17; Pre-COP17 meeting;

Presentation: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s View of the Role of Sport Hunting in Wildlife Conservation.

Robert Dreher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Presentation Role of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Attache’s in Africa.

Ed Newcomer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Discussion: Open ended per the above presentation

14:00 Session 8: International Trade Policy Part 2

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: Demand for Rhino horn in Viet Nam

Alexander Kasterine, International Trade Centre

Discussion: Open ended per the presentation

Presentation: Different Ports of Entry Play a Role in Importation

Katie Flanigan, Import Manager, Gallagher Transport Int’l Inc.

Presentation: Understanding the Role Brokers Play in International Hunting

Maria Felix, President, Hunter International Brokerage Services, Inc.

Presentation: Common Issues with Import/Export Permits

Jeff Coppersmith, President ,Coppersmith Global Logistics

Presentation: Regulations and Enforcement of Import/Export Permits in the U.S.

Ed Newcomer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Presentation: Challenges Faced on exportation of hunting trophies from RSA

Mpho Tjiane, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Discussion: Open ended per the presentations

Session 9: Color Morphs and Intensive Breeding

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Presentation: South Africa’s perspective on the Impact Breeding and Color Variants are having on the Industry

TBD, South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Presentation: Hunting Industry’s Perspective on the Implications Intensive Breeding and Color Variants have on their Clients and Industry

Adri Kitshoff, PHASA

Presentation: Breeding Association’s view on the Benefits of Breeding Color Variants

TBD, Breeding Association

Discussion: Open ended per the presentations

17:00 Close Day

19:00 Dinner at the Signature Clubhouse

Thursday 12 November

8:00 Session 10: Country Reports

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Topics that should be included:

Anti-Poaching Efforts:

  1. Does your government have a set budget for anti-poaching? What is that budget? What was the amount allocated for each of the past three (3) years?
  2. Can you itemize the source of those dollars? (For example, $100,000 or 30% is directly from hunting license sales.)
  3. How many people, patrols or units are employed by your government-funded anti-poaching efforts? (If in patrols or units, how many people does each represent?)
  4. How are anti-poaching efforts funded in your country?
  5. What percentage of hunting revenue goes into anti-poaching?
  6. Are government funds supplemented by the private sector?
  7. Are there private groups operating anti-poaching units independent of the government?

Photo-tourism / Non-hunting Ecotourism:

  1. What is the total revenue that photo-tourism/non-hunting ecotourism generates each year?
  2. Do any funds from photo-tourism or ecotourism activities aid your anti-poaching efforts? If so, how are these fund distributed?
  3. How many people participate in photo-tourism/non-hunting ecotourism in your country each year?
  4. How much land area is used for photo-tourism?
  5. Of the land areas available, are these areas already set aside as national parks or protected areas?
  6. What environmental impacts has your government observed from photo-tourism/non-hunting ecotourism activities? (For example, is there more pollution or habitat fragmentation?)
  7. (ATTENDING COUNTRIES: Botswana, Cameroon, Congo-Brassiville, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).

Session 11: Follow-up Items, Discussions and Closing

Moderator: South Africa Department Environmental Affairs assisted by George Pangeti

Confirmation of Host Country for 15th AWCF meeting and selection of the Host Country for the 16th AWCF meeting. Adjournment of the AWCF until its next meeting.

Determine Where and When to host a Pre-CITES meeting for further preparation for COP17 in South Africa in 2016.

13:00 Group Outing

Pedi-Cultural Tour by South Africa Department Environmental Affairs

Bagged Lunch to be Provided by the Hotel

18:00 Close Day

19:00 Dinner at the Clubhouse Boma

Friday 13 November

7:00 Breakfast

8:00 Group Departure from the Resort. Please check out and be ready for the shuttle by 7:45.

 

 

 

 

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