Three Indonesian NGO leaders participated in the Species Survival Network Pre-CoP18 Asia Regional Meeting in New Delhi, India from 21 to 22 February 2019. The meeting, which was held at Hotel Sarovar Portico Naraina, New Delhi, discussed about preparation of NGO’s for the CoP (Conference of Parties) 18 which will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in May 2019.
The participants of the meeting from Indonesia included: Gunung Gea, Executive Director of Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, Rasyid Assaf Dongoran, Executive Director of Sumatra Rainforest Institute, and Marison Guciano, Executive Director of FLIGHT.
The NGO meeting in New Delhi, which was hosted by the Species Survival Network, discussed among other things; How CoP Operates, CITES Asia Region-Parties and Committees, Overview of Top CITES Issues for Asia.
The meeting also reviewed CoP18 Proposals on Fauna & Flora, CoP18 Working Documents, and Organizing for CoP18.
Gunung Gea from Scorpion raised the issue of Tapanuli orangutan, the world's most critically endangered great ape, which was not included in the Appendix 1 of CITES and need to included in the upcoming revision of the Appendix.