The workshop served as an opportunity for exchanging knowledge and experience of the EU member states experts from Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Spain as well as the representatives of the European Commission – DG Environment, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre – the UN Environment Programme, CITES Secretariat, TRAFFIC with the EPPA beneficiaries. The workshop was addressed to public officials of scientific, management of enforcement authorities to build their capacity within application of CITES requirements. Among the core topics of the workshop there were:
- Overview, by Ms. Dagmar Zikova of the European Commission, of the relevant EU legislation and its implementing regulations as well as role of the EU management authority meetings, EU Scientific Review Group and Enforcement Group,
- Presented, by Ms. Miet Van Looy of the European Commission, CITES reporting requirements and permitting systems in controlling the import and export of endangered species in addition to e-permitting and enhancing effectiveness of CITES implementation by Mr. Ondrej Kloucek of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic,
- Roles of scientific and management authorities in the context of examinations, assessments and consultation on import, export and re-export of the CITES listed species were described thoroughly by Mr. Levente Korosi from Hungarian CITES management authority and Mr. Joao Loureiro from Portuguese CITES management scientific and enforcement authority,
- Tools and guidance supporting CITES scientific authorities were given by Ms. Claire McLardy of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre – the UN Environment Programme,
- Roles and duties of CITES scientific authorities were explained by Mr. Zoltan Czirak of Hungarian scientific authority,
- Mr. Antonio Jimenez of the Spanish management authority presented examples and best practices in the EU for regulating international and internal trade and possession of CITES listed species,
- Reporting and analysis of illegal trade in the framework of the EU-TWIX were presented by Ms. Magdalena Norwisz of TRAFFIC,
- 3 case studies of seizures, confiscations and investigations were described in the context of enforcement actions of the EU Member States by Ms. Pavla Rihova, wildlife enforcement expert from Czech Republic,
- Ms. Karen Gaynor of CITES Secretariat has presented CITES and the listing of the European Eel on Appendix II of the Convention,
- Mr. Pavle Jovanovic of CITES management authority in Serbia has pictured case study of enlargement country in addition to challenges in coordination of activities among many relevant institutions and cross-border cooperation,
- Best practices in the EU for verification of claims of captive breeding and legal acquisition/ origin for CITES listed species were presented by Mr. Antonio Jimenez and Mr. Joao Loureiro,
- Croatian case study for the role of customs and its cooperation with other relevant stakeholders was discussed by Ms. Anita Pokrovac Patekar Croatian environmental expert and Ms. Ljiljana Lepotinec Croatian custom expert.
The workshop participants shared the status of management and scientific authorities as well as practice, obstacle and challenges in relations to CITES occurring in EPPA beneficiaries. Interventions of speakers were accompanied by discussions among participants and exchange of experience and good practices.