Chris have for many years deliberated about publicly exposing the short-comings of aspects of CITIES in relation to Himalayan flora included in Appendix II.  He is supportive of what the convention was trying to achieve, however, it is essential that GENUINELY ‘Rare and Endangered’ species are the ones targeted. With the best will in the world, resources to implement the terms of such conventions are going to be limited.  It makes a mockery if the wrong species are included in the Appendices.  Since he have decided to share his thinking and reasoning about conservation of plants in general, the time is right – though Chris wonder as to the consequences of “putting my head above the parapet” will be!  It may well be ‘chopped off’….  Past experience attempting to ‘challenge’  what is not right in the world has left me damaged.  One seldom receives support from those in a position to ensure that situation is improved, indeed often a ‘hostile’ reaction.  Still, he is not in danger of being harmed physically, as is the case for others who “stand up and be counted” in many parts of the world……