Los pescadores han vapuleado a los ecologistas en una cumbre que la ONU vendió como “una de las ocasiones clave que tendrán los gobiernos este año para tomar medidas de protección de la biodiversidad”.
The experienced and large delegation from Japan showed a deft hand in its win against a bluefin tuna ban and other measures at the 175-nation CITES meeting on endangered species in Qatar.
Observers drew parallels to the failed UN Climate meeting in Copenhagen and environmentalists declared the outcome a “tragedy of the oceans” as the CITES meeting in Doha ended with not one marine species proposed for protection being granted it.
Los gobiernos han antepuesto los intereses económicos a la conservación de especies en peligro de extinción.
Global conference to protect endangered species pronounced ‘disaster’ by conservation groups after aggressive lobbying.
It’s worth recalling that the countries and campaign groups arguing for bans on tuna and shark trading through CITES were doing so only because Iccat and its fellows have so signally failed to live up to their mandates of conserving the stocks, year after year.
This year at its meeting in Doha, everything changed. Seemingly alarmed by the large number of proposals to list marine species, Japan turned up in force. Japan’s 30-strong delegation was as big as the one from America. And thanks to its “capacity building” efforts—in other words, providing finance for projects in developing countries—Japan was also able to fly in a dozen or so fisheries ministers, mostly from Africa, to ensure their participation—and, no doubt, their votes.
For months preceding this week’s CITES meeting, the Japanese lobbied governments big and small. And the night before the vote at the 175-nation group, they rolled out their secret weapon.
How strong an international body like Cites will be when it has no legal powers to enforce its rulings on member countries, is anyone’s guess.