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Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

 

Directed to all Parties
16.84 All Parties should:
  a)  immediately bring every seizure of illegal rhinoceros specimens made within their territories to the attention of authorities in countries of origin, transit and destination, as applicable, and to the attention of the Secretariat. Information on the seizure should be accompanied by available associated information, to enable follow-up investigations to take place;
  b)  notify the CITES Secretariat of seizures of rhinoceros horn for which the origin cannot be determined. Such a notification should include information describing the circumstances of the seizure;
  c)  enact legislation or use existing legislation to:
  i)  facilitate the use of specialized investigation techniques such as controlled deliveries and covert investigations in the investigation of wildlife-crime-related offences, as appropriate, in support of conventional investigation techniques;
  ii)  maximize the impact of enforcement actions by using other tools and regulations, such as anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture legislation, in support of wildlife legislation; and
  iii)  prosecute members of organized crime groups implicated in rhinoceros related crimes under a combination of relevant legislation which carry appropriate penalties that will act as effective deterrents, whenever possible;
  d)  submit rhinoceros horn samples from specimens subject to criminal investigation, to designated accredited forensic laboratories as described in document CoP16 Doc. 54.2 (Rev. 1), for DNA analysis, in accordance with relevant legislation regulating the exchange of such specimens;
  e)  prior to issuing permits or certificates, including pre-Convention certificates, authorizing the movement of specimens of rhinoceroses, consult with the country of destination, so that the true nature of the trade may be confirmed and monitored;
  f)  introduce national measures, as appropriate, in support of CITES implementation, to regulate internal trade in specimens of rhinoceros, including any specimen that appears from an accompanying document, the packaging, a mark or label, or from any other circumstances, to be a rhinoceros part or derivative; and
  g)  consider introducing stricter domestic measures to regulate the re-export of rhinoceros horn products from any source.

 

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Directed to all Parties

 

16.85 All Parties implicated in the illegal trade of rhinoceros horn as a range or consumer State, where applicable, should:
  a)  develop and implement long-term demand reduction strategies or programmes and immediate actions aimed at reducing the illegal movement and consumption of rhino horn products, taking into consideration the draft demand-reduction principles included in the Annex to document CoP16 Doc. 54.1 (Rev. 1), to achieve measurable change in consumer behaviour;
  b)  develop and implement strategies or programmes to enhance community awareness with regard to the economic, social and environmental impacts of illicit trafficking in wildlife crime, and to encourage the general public to report illegal activities related to wildlife trade to appropriate authorities for further investigation. Such strategies or programmes and immediate actions could include the involvement of local communities that live in the immediate vicinity of conservation areas, community policing projects or other strategies as may be appropriate; and
  c)  provide information on the effectiveness of strategies or programmes referred to in paragraph a) and b) of this Decision, to the Working Group on Rhinoceroses, by 31 January 2015, to assist the Working Group in identifying best practices and challenges experienced, with the aim of developing ideas to further enhance the effectiveness of demand-reduction strategies, and to report on its findings at the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee.

 

Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)

Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)

 

Directed to the Parties
16.93 All Parties should immediately bring every seizure of illegal Tibetan antelope wool and its products made within its territory to the attention of authorities in countries of origin, transit and destination, as applicable, and to the attention of the Secretariat. Information on the seizure should be accompanied by available associated information, to enable follow-up investigations to take place. The progress of follow-up investigations should also be reported to the Secretariat.

 

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

 

Directed to Parties
16.139 To implement effectively the Appendix-II listing of the humphead wrasse, Parties should:
  a)  use existing documents listed in paragraph 13 of document CoP16 Doc. 62 (Rev. 1) in their implementation of the Appendix-II listing of the humphead wrasse; and
  b)  investigate reported violations of the Convention and of related national laws in relation to trade in the humphead wrasse, and take appropriate enforcement actions in accordance with their national legislation; and
  In addition, range States and importing Parties should strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation, including intelligence exchange and enforcement actions.

 

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

 

Directed to Parties
16.133 Range States of freshwater stingrays are encouraged to provide information to the Working Group, the Animals Committee, and the Secretariat, as requested under Decision 16.131.

 

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

 

Directed to Parties

 

16.134 Range States are encouraged to cooperate in the development and implementation of research and monitoring programmes for the purpose of supporting evaluations of the conservation status and threats affecting populations of freshwater stingrays in their natural range.

 

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

 

Directed to Parties, the Secretariat and interested organizations
16.135 Subject to external funding, the Parties, the CITES Secretariat and other interested organizations shall organize activities, including regional workshops, in order to facilitate the exchange of trade, conservation and management data on freshwater stingray species..

 

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

 

Directed to Parties
16.13 a)  Parties should consider promoting actions to reinforce linkages between IPBES and CITES and to strengthen the science-policy interface at the national and international levels, including through the governing body of IPBES, as appropriate; and
  b)  bearing in mind that IPBES consolidation remains in process, Parties are invited to provide inputs to the Secretariat in order to provide timely responses to IPBES in regard to CITES involvement.

 

Sharks and stingrays

Sharks and stingrays

 

Directed to Parties
16.129 Parties are encouraged to engage with the work of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as appropriate, particularly for shark species listed in the relevant Appendices to CITES and CMS, recognizing that CMS Parties are required to strive towards strictly protecting species listed in Appendix I to CMS, to prohibit the taking of these species, and to implement other measures through the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks.

 

Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

 

Directed to Parties
16.113

The Parties, particularly those of the Asian region, should collect data on seizures of CITES-listed live tortoises and freshwater turtles, and report these data annually to the Secretariat, along with the disposition of the specimens. The Parties should provide the data in conjunction with their annual report submission. These data should be reported for confiscations through the end of 2019.

The Parties should report, if possible, on the following parameters: species, numbers of specimens, destination (for exports) or source/re-exporting country (for imports), and disposition of the animals as per Resolution Conf. 10.7 (Rev. CoP15) on Disposal of confiscated live specimens of species included in the Appendices.

 

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