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Snake trade and conservation management (Serpentes spp.)

Snake trade and conservation management (Serpentes spp.)

 

Directed to the Standing Committee
16.105 The Standing Committee shall:
  a)  consider the reports and recommendations from the Animals Committee and the Secretariat provided in accordance with Decisions 16.102 and 16.103 and, as appropriate, the results of the ITC study on trade in python snakes in Asia, the UNCTAD Biotrade Initiative’s Working Group on reptile skin sourcing, and any other relevant available information;
  b)  examine the study undertaken by the UNCTAD Biotrade Initiative’s Working Group on reptile skin sourcing, and any other relevant available information concerning:
  i)  the socio-economic implications of such a traceability system; and
  ii)  the potential costs of the system at all levels along the supply chain, from producers to consumers;
  c)  make recommendations to the Parties, the Animals Committee and the Secretariat as appropriate; and
  d)  report on the implementation of Decisions 16.102, 16.104 and 16.105 at CoP17, with recommendations for consideration by the Parties, if deemed necessary.

 

Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)

Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)

 

Directed to the Standing Committee
16.101 The Standing Committee shall consider the reports submitted by the Secretariat, and, on their basis, propose its own recommendations for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants

Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants

 

Directed to the Standing Committee
14.41 (Rev. CoP16) The Standing Committee shall:
a)   taking into consideration the findings of the Plants Committee, determine whether it ispossible to streamline the reporting of trade in artificially propagated Appendix-II plants;and
  b)   report on its findings at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and submit draft wording to amend Resolutions concerned, where appropriate.

 

E-commerce of specimens of CITES-listed species

E-commerce of specimens of CITES-listed species

 

 

Directed to the Standing Committee

16.62 The Standing Committee shall, in collaboration with the Secretariat, liaise with the World Customs Organization with regard to the inclusion of CITES-listed species in the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

 

Cooperation between Parties and promotion of multilateral measures

Cooperation between Parties and promotion of multilateral measures

 

Directed to the Standing Committee

14.29 (Rev. CoP16) The Standing Committee shall continue its Working Group on Multilateral Measures until the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Operating by electronic means, the Working Group should:
a)   review and, if necessary, revise any consultancy report produced under Decision 14.30 (Rev. CoP15)1
  b)  organize, with the help of the Secretariat, if external funds are made available for the purpose, a meeting with representation from all CITES regions to discuss the above report; and
  c)  based on the report of the meeting mentioned above, consider the need to draft for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties any revised or new resolutions.

 

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

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.14 At its 64th meeting, the Standing Committee shall establish a Working Group on IPBES, including the Chairs of the Animals and Plants Committees and the Secretariat, to assist its efforts to ensure that:
  a)  there is a two-way relationship between CITES and IPBES in which CITES is a user or beneficiary of IPBES as well as a contributor to IPBES;
  b)  communication between CITES and IPBES for the conveyance of government requests is effective;
  c)  the development of the work programme for IPBES takes into account the needs of national scientific and management authorities to foster the use of applied science for the implementation of CITES, including the making of non-detriment and legal acquisition findings, and related trade decisions; and
  d)  CITES requests and input to intersessional and regular work undertaken by IPBES are provided in accordance with relevant timelines, particularly the deadline of 5 May 2013 for requests to and suggestions for the initial IPBES work programme.
 

The intersessional working group shall report to the Standing Committee at its 65th and 66th meetings.

Any inputs to IPBES developed by the intersessional working group shall, with the endorsement of the Chair of the Standing Committee after consultation with the Committee, be conveyed to IPBES by the Secretariat on behalf of the Standing Committee.

The Standing Committee shall consider at its 66th meeting the need for drafting a resolution which specifically recognizes the relationship between CITES and IPBES.

The Standing Committee shall report at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the results of this work.

 

Annotations

Annotations
 
Directed to the Standing Committee, Animals Committee and Plants Committee
16.162 The Standing Committee shall form a working group on annotations, in close collaboration with the Animals and Plants Committees, recognizing that the Animals and Plants Committees are an important source of expertise and advice to Parties on such scientific and technical issues. The group shall be chaired by a member of the Standing Committee and shall include, but not be limited to, members from the Standing Committee, Animals Committee, Plants Committee, observer Parties, CITES Management and Scientific Authorities, enforcement authorities, including Customs, and industry representatives. The terms of reference for the working group shall be:
  a)  to explore the shared understanding among Parties of annotations, both their meaning and function, and the adoption of appropriate and reasonable procedures for crafting plant annotations;
  b)  to evaluate and address issues related to the drafting, interpretation and implementation of annotations, and assist Parties in drafting future annotations, drawing on appropriate expertise from within and outside its membership;
  c)  initially, to focus its efforts on evaluating the existing annotations for plant taxa listed in Appendices II and III, with an emphasis on ensuring that such annotations are clear as to the types of specimens to be covered by a listing, can be readily implemented, and focus on those parts and derivatives primarily exported from the range States and those commodities that dominate the trade in and demand for the wild resource;
  d)  based on the results of the timber trade study directed to the Secretariat in Decision 15.35 (Rev. CoP16), to review the existing annotations for tree species and, if appropriate, draft amendments to those annotations and prepare clear definitions for the terms used in the annotations in order to facilitate their use and understanding by CITES authorities, enforcement officers, exporters and importers;
  e)  to review the appropriateness and practical implementation of the annotation(s) of the agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.), taking into consideration the previous work done by the range and consumer States of these species;
  f)  to review outstanding implementation challenges resulting from the listings of Aniba rosaeodora and Bulnesia sarmientoi in the Appendices, and propose appropriate solutions at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
  g)  to draft definitions of terms included in annotations, in cases where the terms are not easily understood or where there has been difficulty in implementing the listing as a result of confusion about what commodities are covered, and submit them to the Standing Committee for adoption by the Conference of the Parties and subsequent inclusion in the Interpretation section of the Appendices;
  h)  to consider the effectiveness of including definitions of terms in annotations in the Interpretation section of the Appendices instead of elsewhere (e.g. in Resolutions) and, based on the determination, draft a proposal to include all definitions in a single location;
  i)  to conduct any work related to annotations directed to it by the Conference of the Parties, the Standing, Animals or Plants Committee; and
  j)  to prepare reports on progress made in addressing the issues tasked to it and submit them for the 65th and 66th meetings of the Standing Committee.

Extinct or possibly extinct species

Extinct or possibly extinct species
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.165 The Standing Committee shall consider the report of the Animals and Plants Committees referred to in Decision 16.164 and make recommendations for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, as appropriate.

 

CITES and livelihoods

CITES and livelihoods
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.23 The Standing Committee shall present a report at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the progress made on this work.

 

CITES and livelihoods

CITES and livelihoods
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.22 The Standing Committee shall review at its 65th and 66th meetings the progress made with regard to CITES and livelihoods.

 

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