China yesterday voiced concerns that the proposed listing of phayung trees in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) could reduce their supply.
The worry was raised as Thailand tried to justify why the international trade of phayung or Siamese rosewood trees needs to be regulated. While phayung is a protected species here, overseas no such curbs on its trade apply.
Chinese representatives also raised the question of how to distinguish Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) from other tree species. The proposal is on the agenda for discussion at the Cites meeting in Bangkok and a vote is expected early next week.
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