Cites asked to delist 2 proteas

2010-03-30 20:04

Johannesburg - South Africa has asked the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) to delist two species of Protea.

It was submitted that the Protea odorata (Swartland Sugarbush) and the Orothamnus zeyheri (Marsh Rose) did not fulfil the Cites listing criteria, the environmental affairs department said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Marsh Rose is not harvested in the wild and is not subject to international trade," it said.

"The Swartland Sugarbush population size is small and confined to a single locality and international trade does not represent a threat."

National protection protocols seemed to be more than sufficient to protect the species.

The department said the delisting had been scrutinised by the National Scientific Authority and subjected to review by the Cites plants committee, which had decided to support it.


Cites held its 15th conference of parties to the convention in Doha, Qatar, from March 13 to March 25. It was attended by 1 500 participants representing more than 170 governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

South Africa's participation was "invaluable" given its status as one of the mega-biodiverse countries in the world, the department said.

The Cites conference of parties secretariat noted that, on March 5, South Africa published national Cites regulations, which come into effect on May 1.

It would evaluate the legislation to determine whether the country now had adequate national legislation, as opposed to only provincial legislation, to implement Cites.

The department said the national Cites regulations designated management and scientific authorities, ensured a permit system was in place to facilitate trade, that penalties were in place for non-compliance, and that permits were issued in line with Cites.

During the conference, South Africa had to explain what it was doing to curb the illegal killing of rhinoceros and to conserve the rhino population.

Other issues discussed included the decline in numbers of North Atlantic bluefin tuna and African elephant in Tanzania.

Cites is an international agreement between governments and aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

South Africa ratified the convention on July 15 1975.