Natural Resources Ministry content with Thailand’s hosting of CITES CoP 16

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BANGKOK, 15 March 2013  The Natural Resources Ministry is content with the success of Thailand’s hosting of the international event on protection of endangered wild animals and pants. 

Natural Resources Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, on Thursday, chaired the official closing ceremony of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Bangkok.

Mr. Preecha said he is content with the overall picture of the event, which Thailand has hosted for the second time.

The Natural Resources Minister added that Thailand is ready to follow all the conclusions reached for every proposal raised throughout the 12-day gathering, while the Thai government is planning to seriously strengthen all laws related to the clampdown on the hunting and the trade of wild animals and plants.

When asked about the meeting’s rejection of the proposed transfer of freshwater crocodiles from Appendix I to Appendix II, Mr. Preecha said he is not disappointed and will still propose the issue to the next meeting.

South Africa is selected to be the host of the 17th meeting of CITES in 2016.