Armenian Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Simon Papyan and Dirk Lorenz, Head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, discussed the course of preparations for the 17th meeting of the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The meeting will take place in the capital city of the Republic of South Africa from September 24 to October 5.
The press office of the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection has told ArmInfo that representatives of the French and Polish Embassies in Armenia were also present at the meeting.
Dr. Lorenz noted that the EU is going to voice two important issues at the upcoming meeting, related to tightening of measures against wildlife trafficking, strengthening of mechanisms for stricter CITES management and reduction of corruption risks.
Papyan, in turn, pointed out that Armenia - a country having biological resources and concerned over the problems in this field - gives high priority to the EU efforts towards reduction of corruption risks.
The sides also discussed the prospects of exchange of experience, preservation of fauna, etc.