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News | Bangkok, 12 October 2006

166 Countries Agree To Give Full Protection

On Yellow-Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea)Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea)

Indonesian proposal to fully protect Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) finally resulting succeed. 166 members of parties of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) having a conference in Bangkok, Thailand, in acclamation agree to transfer Yellow-crested cockatoo to Appendix I. The decision to accept the proposal of transferring yellow-crested cockatoo to Appendix I is made up on 12 October, two days before the conference ends on 14 October.

By listing yellow-crested cockatoo to Appendix I of CITES, then the trade on this bird is internationally tightly regulated. The individual traded should come from captive-bred result and none are wild-caught. The commercial trade on species listed in appendix I is also forbidden. The transportation between countries on species in appendix I is allowed only for the behalf of research, zoo and bird park.

ProFauna Indonesia who participates in the conference of CITES XIII in Thailand positively received the listing of yellow-crested cockatoo in appendix I. This is in order to ensure the yellow-crested cockatoo receiving total protection, means that it is protected nationally and internationally. The yellow-crested cockatoo has already been protected in Indonesia (Government Regulation No.7 in 1999), however, the domestic and international trades continue occur. Numbers of this cockatoo are traded in Singapore trough Batam. By listing the yellow-crested cockatoo in appendix I then the international trade for commercial purpose is obviously banned.

ProFauna Indonesia is glad as well with the delegation of Indonesian government who consistently supports the proposal of transferring yellow-crested cockatoo to appendix I. ProFauna together Species Survival Network (SSN), a coalition of more than 70 international organizations, have made straight effort to support the proposal of transferring the yellow-crested cockatoo to appendix I.

The CITES conference in Bangkok will still run until 14 October. However, there is one more issue that informally discussed during the conference. It is about the issue on the hundreds of orangutan originating from Indonesia that kept in Safari World Thailand. Up to this time, there is no sign from Thailand Government to send the orangutan back to Indonesia. ProFauna Indonesia cooperated with other organization such as BOS Foundation, Wildlife Friends of Thailand, International Primate Protection League (IPPL) and Greenpeace keep on pressing Thailand Government to send the orangutan back to Indonesia and close whole entertainments of orangutan in Thailand.

Reporting by: Hardi Baktiantoro from Bangkok, Thailand