Mozambique Appoints New CITES Head to Ensure Hunting Trophy Exports


Published: July - 2013

Rumors that CITES export permits for hunting trophies from Mozambique would not be available this season reached me from various sources in mid-June. "How seriously should I take this?" one subscriber wrote me in an email, concerned about his safari booked for early next month.

If you read the April issue of World Conservation Force Bulletin by John J. Jackson, III, (tucked inside The Hunting Report every month), you already know that hippo trade from Mozambique was suspended due to Mozambican authorities, who did not provide non-detriment data to the CITES authorities. Despite efforts by hunting conservationists to assist and assurances that it would be done for the Conference of the Parties of CITES this past March, Mozambican authorities simply did not get things together in time. This fact, plus the difficulties Mozambique has had in meeting US Fish & Wildlife Service's stricter requirements and unforgiving law enforcement, plus the slow responses from the Mozambique CITES office to fix and forward paperwork, has apparently led to the rumor that ALL CITES exports from there will cease.

That is not true.

According to John J. Jackson of Conservation Force, Mozambique has just replaced the former head of their CITES office with a respected official from their Parks Department, who knows CITES requirements and is known to be a responsible administrator. Also, Jackson says that safari operators in Mozambique now have a better understanding of US Fish & Wildlife import requirements. So there should be fewer problems with exports from there this season. "After a lot of tribulation, the operators have learned the what and how of complying with the US Fish & Wildlife regulations and the new Mozambique CITES leadership should start taking shape within weeks," says Jackson. "It is turning around."

Unfortunately, hippo may not be importable for another three years or so, due to the missed deadline. But all other CITES export paperwork should be processed this season without issues.

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