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Cablegate: Portugal On Cites Cop15 U.S. Species Proposals

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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL ON CITES COP15 U.S. SPECIES PROPOSALS

REF: STATE 6668

1. Poleconoff and Economic Assistant delivered reftel
talking points to Ana Zuquete, Joao Loureiro, and Paulo Carmo
of the Portuguese Institute for Conservation of Nature and
Biodiversity, who will be the Portuguese delegation to CoP15
and share issue responsibilities. Loureiro will lead the
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351 21-350-7900.

2. Loureiro prefaced his remaC'czmZQY/xz=x
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part of the EU consensus position to be finalized over the
next several weeks, but probable positions are known for the
proposals.

3. Carmo said Portugal is sympathetic to the polar bear
proposal but is not convinced the decrease in numbers or
level of trade meets CITES criteria for transfer to Appendix
I. The group projected that decreasing size and quality of
polar bear habitat due to climate change would aO>Eq:iHQQQ
perhaps emerging data would change their position.

4. Carmo said Portugal and the EU do not support deletion of
the bobcat from Appendix II because of continuing look-alike
concerns with the Iberian lynx, the most endangered feline
species, with a population of only about 300. Carmo said
Portuguese wildlife experts reviewed the online fur
identification guide and still had great difficulty
distinguishing bobcat fur from Iberian lynx fur, and are
concerned that enforcement officers with less scientific
expertise would be unable to distinguish between them.

5. Carmo said Portugal and the EU support the shark, coral,
and snake trade workshop proposals.


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