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WILDLIFE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016 PASSED

THURSDAY 23TH FEBRUARY 2017

Parliament has passed the Wildlife Protection and Management (Amendment) Bill 2016 on Thursday the 23rd of February 2017.

It is an ACT to amend the Wildlife Protection and Management Act of 1998 to comply with obligations imposed under the Convention on International Trade in endangered species of Wild flora and fauna, and for related matters.

When winding up his speech in reply, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and MP for Gao Bugotu Hon. Samuel Manetoali said the process to come up with the amendments began in 2014.

Minister Manetoali told Parliament that the amendment process went through wider stakeholder consultations within NGO’s, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and other government agencies.

The main objects of the Bill is to amend the Wildlife Protection and Management Act 1998 to enable Solomon Islands to fully implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Solomon Islands has been a party to CITES since 2007.

While the current Act purports to bring Solomon Islands into compliance with CITES, it fails to do so. CITES regulates trade in a wide range of species, whereas the ACT regulates trade in domestic species only.

The Act appears to be mainly concerned with regulating the export of domestic species. CITES requires Solomon Islands to also regulate the import of CITES species that are not native to Solomon Islands.

Also, the requirements for permitting the import and export of species, which are outlined in CITES, are not enshrined in the Act as it stands.

The amendments to the Act will ensure that Solomon Islands is fully compliant with its obligations under CITES.

The Bill passed through the Committee of the whole House without amendments.

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