Resolution Conf. 9.19 (Rev. CoP15)

Registration of nurseries that artificially propagate specimens of Appendix-I plant species for export purposes

RECOGNIZING that Article VII, paragraph 4, of the Convention provides that specimens of Appendix‑I species artificially propagated for commercial purposes shall be deemed to be specimens of species included in Appendix II;

RECOGNIZING that the artificial propagation of plants is essentially different from captive breeding of animals, in particular with regard to the number of specimens produced, as well as, in most cases, with regard to the time span between generations, and therefore requires a different approach;

RECOGNIZING the rights that each Party holds over its own natural phytogenetic resources;

RECOGNIZING that the artificial propagation of specimens of species included in Appendix I could form an economic alternative to traditional agriculture in countries of origin, and could also increase conservation interest in the areas of natural distribution;

RECOGNIZING that, by making specimens readily available, the artificial propagation of specimens of species included in Appendix I reduces the collecting pressure on wild populations and, thus, has a positive effect on their conservation status;

NOTING that Resolution Conf. 5.151 , adopted at the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Buenos Aires, 1985), provided an initiative for plant-nursery registration but that no Party has ever informed the CITES Secretariat that it has implemented such registration;

RECALLING that a number of Resolutions have been adopted to facilitate the trade in artificially propagated specimens of species included in Appendix II and in hybrids of species included in Appendix I;

OBSERVING that such facilitation may also be necessary to ensure that the artificial propagation of species included in Appendix I will continue or be initiated;

RECOGNIZING that nurseries that are not registered may still continue exporting artificially propagated specimens of Appendix-I species using the standard procedures for obtaining export permits;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

RESOLVES that:

a)    the responsibility for the registration of nurseries that artificially propagate specimens of Appendix‑I plant species for export purposes shall rest with the Management Authority of each Party, in consultation with the Scientific Authority of that Party;

b)    any Management Authority that wishes to register any commercial nursery artificially propagating specimens of species included in Appendix I for export purposes shall provide to the Secretariat, for inclusion in its Register, all appropriate information to obtain and maintain the registration of each such nursery;

c)    artificially propagated specimens of Appendix‑I species produced in registered nurseries may only be exported when:

  i)  they are packed and labelled in such a way that they are clearly separated from artificially propagated or wild-collected Appendix‑II and/or Appendix‑III plants in the same consignment; and
  ii) the CITES export permit clearly states the registration number attributed by the Secretariat and the name of the nursery of origin if it is not the exporter; and

d)    notwithstanding the right of each Party to remove a nursery within its jurisdiction from the Register, any Party that becomes aware of, and can demonstrate, a failure of a registered exporting nursery to comply with the requirements for registration may propose to the Secretariat that this nursery be deleted from the Register, but the Secretariat will only make the deletion after consultation with the Management Authority of the Party in which the nursery is located; and

DIRECTS the Secretariat to review any application for registration, and to compile and update a Register of commercial nurseries that artificially propagate specimens of Appendix-I plant species for export purposes, on the basis of information received from the Parties, and to communicate this Register to the Parties.


Annex 1

Role of the commercial nursery

THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

RESOLVES that the owner or manager of any commercial nursery seeking inclusion in the Secretariat's Register shall be responsible for providing the following information to the Management Authority of the country in which it is located:

1.    name and address of the owner and manager of the nursery;

2.    date of establishment;

3.    description of the facilities and the propagation techniques;

4.    description of the historical background of the nursery, in particular information on which species or plant groups have been propagated in the past;

5.    taxa currently in propagation (Appendix I only);

6.    description of the Appendix‑I parental stock of wild origin, including quantities and evidence of legal acquisition, unless the nursery is propagating specimens from wild-collected seeds or spores from the national population of the species, in accordance with the conditions specified in Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15), regarding the definition of 'artificially propagated'; and

7.    quantities of specimens expected to be exported in the near future.


Annex 2

Role of the Management Authority

THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

RESOLVES that each Management Authority shall perform the following functions:

a)    communicate to the Secretariat requests to register a nursery artificially propagating and exporting specimens of Appendix‑I species and provide the following:

  i) information about the scientific names (and full synonymy) of the taxa concerned;
  ii)  a description of the facilities and propagation techniques of the nursery, as provided by the nursery in accordance with Annex 1;
  iii)  except in the case referred to in subparagraph iv) below, a description of the inspection procedures used by the Management Authority to confirm the identity and the legal origin of the parental stock;
  iv)  if the nursery uses wild-collected seeds or spores from the national population of the species, certification that the conditions specified in Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15), section “Regarding the definition of ‘artificially propagated’”, in paragraphs a) and b) under RECOMMENDS, have been met; and
  v) evidence of the legal origin of any other specimens of Appendix‑I species of wild origin present in the nursery concerned, or adequate assurance that such specimens are controlled under existing national legislation;

b)    ensure that the number of specimens of wild origin in a registered nursery designated as parental stock of species in Appendix I is not depleted by the disposal of specimens other than through natural causes, unless the Management Authority consents, on the request of the registered nursery, to the transfer of the parental stock (or of part thereof) to another registered exporting nursery;

c)    ensure that the registered exporting nurseries are reviewed on a regular basis by a specialist from the Management or Scientific Authority or other qualified entity appointed by the Management Authority, to certify the size of the parental stock of wild origin, and communicate the results of these reviews to the Secretariat; and

d)    design a simple procedure for the issuance of export permits to each registered nursery, in accordance with Article VII, paragraph 4, of the Convention, and with Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP15). Such a procedure could involve the pre-issuance of CITES export permits on which:

       i)     in box 12b, the registration number of the nursery is included; and

       ii)    in box 5, at least the following information is included:

Permit valid only for artificially propagated plants
as defined by CITES Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15)
Valid only for the following taxa.

 


Annex 3

Role of the Secretariat

THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

RESOLVES that the Secretariat shall perform the following functions:

a)    receive from Management Authorities and review applications for registration of nurseries that artificially propagate specimens of Appendix‑I plant species for export purposes;

b)    when satisfied that a nursery meets all requirements, publish the name, the registration number and other particulars in its Register within 30 days after receipt of the report;

c)    when not satisfied that a nursery meets all the requirements, provide the relevant Management Authority with a full explanation and indicate the specific conditions that must be met;

d)    receive and review reports on registered nurseries, provided by the Parties, and present summary conclusions to the Plants Committee;

e)    delete the name of a nursery from its Register when requested to do so, in writing, by the responsible Management Authority; and

f)    receive and review information from Parties or other sources regarding failure of a registered nursery to comply with the requirements for registration and, after consultation with the Management Authority of the Party in which the nursery is located, delete the operation from the Register if appropriate.

 

* Amended at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and corrected by the Secretariat following the 14th meeting. Further amended at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

1 Note from the Secretariat: replaced by Resolution Conf. 9.18, itself replaced by Resolution Conf. 9.18 (Rev.) at the 10th meeting, then by Resolutions Conf. 11.11, Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP13), Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP14) and Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15) at the 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th meetings respectively.

Number / Code: 
Conf. 9.19 (Rev. CoP15)
COP meeting: 
Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties