Standing Committee

Implementation of the Convention relating to captive-bred and ranched specimens

Implementation of the Convention relating to captive-bred and ranched specimens
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.66 The Standing Committee, at its 65th meeting, shall:
  a)  review the report and the recommendations of the Animals Committee and make its own recommendations to the Parties concerned and the Conference of the Parties; and
  b)  consider proposing amendments to Resolution Conf. 12.8 (Rev. CoP13) or Resolution Conf. 14.3, or proposing a new resolution to provide a process for reviewing the implementation of CITES for specific examples of trade in specimens that are claimed to be produced via captive breeding or ranching.

 

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.69 The Standing Committee shall review the conservation of and trade in Appendix-I Asian big cat species at its 65th and 66th meetings, and determine any actions deemed necessary to combat illegal trade in Asian big cats.

Illegal trade in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

Illegal trade in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.73 The Standing Committee should consider the recommendations of the Animals Committee made in accordance with Decision 16.72, and make its own recommendations, as appropriate, for communication to the Parties or for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Monitoring of illegal trade in ivory and other elephant specimens (Elephantidae spp.)

Monitoring of illegal trade in ivory and other elephant specimens (Elephantidae spp.)
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.82 The Standing Committee shall review the report and recommendations of the Secretariat concerning the implementation of Decisions 16.78-16.81 and Decision 16.83 at its 65th and 66th meetings, and determine whether any further actions are necessary.

 

Annotations

Annotations
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.161 Acknowledging that, at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Parties agreed to include definitions of terms in annotations in the Interpretation section of the Appendices as an interim measure until a final decision is reached, the Standing Committee shall examine the issue of where definitions of terms in annotations should be included permanently and make a recommendation in that regard.

Enforcement matters

Enforcement matters
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.39 At its 65th meeting, the Standing Committee shall initiate a process to assess implementation and enforcement of the Convention as it relates to the trade in species listed in Appendix I. The Committee shall report its findings at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES.

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees
 
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.9 The Standing Committee shall, at its 65th meeting and on the basis of a review from the Secretariat, assess the functioning of the conflict of interest policy set out in paragraph c) under Regarding representation in the Animals and Plants Committees of Resolution Conf. 11.1 (Rev. CoP16), and make recommendations for refining the definition of conflict of interest, if appropriate, and for a mechanism to deal with such conflicts, having reference to such mechanisms developed in other multilateral environmental agreements or relevant international organizations and bodies, for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Annotations for tree species included in Appendices II and III

Annotations for tree species included in Appendices II and III
 
Directed to the Standing Committee and Plants Committee
14.148 (Rev. CoP16) a)  Based on the results of the timber trade study, the Standing Committee and PlantsCommittee, via the working group called for in Decision 16.162, shall review theannotations for tree species listed in Appendices II and III and, if appropriate, draftamendments to the annotations and prepare clear definitions for the terms used inthose annotations in order to facilitate their use and understanding by CITESauthorities, enforcement officers, exporters and importers.
  b)  The amended annotations shall focus on specimens that appear in international trade as exports from range States and those which dominate the trade in and demand for the wild resource.
  c)  As appropriate, the Standing Committee, in close cooperation with the Plants Committee, shall draft a proposal to amend any annotation in the Appendices and any amendments to Resolution Conf. 10.13 (Rev. CoP15).
  d)  The Standing Committee, in close cooperation with the Plants Committee, shall request that the Secretariat submit on its behalf any proposal to amend Resolution Conf. 10.13 (Rev. CoP15) for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17). The Plants Committee shall request that the Depositary Government submit on its behalf any proposal to amend the annotations in the Appendices for consideration at CoP17.
 

Review of Resolutions

Review of Resolutions
 
Review of Resolutions
14.19 The Standing Committee should review any proposals from the Secretariat to correct non-substantive errors or minor editorial faults in current Resolutions and decide whether they should be referred to the Conference of the Parties. In cases where the Committee agrees with the proposals and considers that they need not be referred to the Conference, it may instruct the Secretariat to republish the Resolutions with the necessary corrections.

 

Purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates

Purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates
 
Directed to the Stamding Committee
14.54 (Rev. CoP16) The Standing Committee shall re-establish an intersessional joint working group to review the use of purpose-of-transaction codes by Parties, with the following terms of reference:
  a)  the working group shall be composed of Parties from as many of the six CITES regionsas possible, and appropriate intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations,with expertise in the issuance of CITES documents and use of purpose-of-transactioncodes for evaluation within the permit issuance process and trade data analysis;
  b)  the working group shall, communicating through electronic media, focus on clearly defining purpose-of-transaction codes to encourage their consistent use, and consider the possible elimination of current codes or the inclusion of new ones;
  c)  in evaluating the use and definition of purpose-of-transaction codes, the working group shall take into account any difficulties of implementation by Parties and the potential resource implications of inclusion of any new codes or deletion of current purpose-of-transaction codes; and.
  d)  the working group shall submit a report and any recommendations for amendments to Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP16), or to any revision thereof, at the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee, which shall report, with its recommendations, at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

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