Date: Tuesday, 31st January 2017
Contributor: John Hughes - HQ
Associations work for international African Blackwood database
The RSPBA is working with international pipe band associations across the globe to develop a database of requirements and processes for players travelling with bagpipes containing African Blackwood.
An international working group was established during the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associationís Summit in Kansas City this month attended by RSPBA vice-chairman John Hughes, RNZPBA president Alister Macgregor, South American association president Mike Flight and Pipe Bands Australia president Chris Earl.
African Blackwood was added to the list of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) from 2 January 2017.
The inclusion of African Blackwood on CITES was discussed at ANAPBA Summit where it was resolved to form an international working group to ascertain the application of CITES as it relates to African Blackwood in each jurisdiction and the processes required to be followed to enable our members to travel with their musical instrument to other countries.
The intention is for the various international associations to write to their relevant Minister seeking information that can be included on the database.
Pipe Bands Australia has already written to their Federal Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg seeking information.
As we know, our members and bands regularly travel overseas to perform in concerts and championships, including in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia, North America, Canada & Europe.
We will keep you updated on progress.
John B Hughes
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