Plants Committee

East African sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)

East African sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)

 

Directed to the Plants Committee and the Eastern African range States of Osyris species
16.153 The Plants Committee and Eastern African range States of Osyris species shall:
  a)  review and gather further information on the conservation status of, trade in and use of Osyris species within the region and internationally;
  b)  assess the impact of such trade on the conservation status of Osyris species in Eastern Africa;
  c)  assess the impact of such trade extending to populations not covered by the Appendix-II listings;
  d)  assess the data required to make non-detriment findings following the existing guidance;
  e)  identify mechanisms to help build capacity to carry out non-detriment findings for currently-listed populations; and
  f)  report on their work at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and, if necessary, prepare proposals to amend the Appendices for submission at that meeting.

 

Production systems for specimens of CITES-listed species

Production systems for specimens of CITES-listed species

 

Directed to the Animals and Plants Committees
15.53 The Animals and Plants Committees shall review and provide feedback to the Secretariat on the draft guide to advise the Parties on the appropriate use of source codes.

 

Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants

Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants

 

Directed to the Plants Committee
14.40 (Rev. CoP16) The Plants Committee shall, after considering the report of the Secretariat:
a)   determine whether there are any taxa of Appendix-II plants artificially propagated forwhich detailed reporting is less valuable; and
  b)   report its findings to the Standing Committee at its 65th meeting.

 

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

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
 
Directed to the Animals and Plants Committees
16.15 The Chairs of the Animals and Plants Committees shall:
  a)  assist the Standing Committee with the implementation of Decision 16.14;
  b)  subject to external funds, participate as observers in the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and thereby reinforce linkages between the MEP and the CITES scientific committees; and
  c)  report regularly to the Standing Committee on their activities under paragraph a) above.

 

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)
 
Directed to the Plants Committee
16.157 The Plants Committee shall monitor the implementation of Resolution Conf. 16.9 (Implementation of the Convention for agarwood-producing taxa) to assess any potential conservation impacts to the long-term survival of agarwood-producing species and possible problems arising from the implementation, and shall report on these issues at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)
 
Directed to the Plants Committee
16.156 The Plants Committee shall consider the current production systems of tree species, including mixed and monospecific plantations, and assess the applicability of the current definitions of artificial propagation in Resolution Conf. 10.13 (Rev. CoP15) and Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP15) respectively, and report back at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

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.

Review of reporting requirements

Review of reporting requirements

 

Directed to the Animals and Plants Committees

16.45
The Animals and Plants Committees, with the assistance of the Standing Committee Working Group on Special Reporting Requirements and the Secretariat, shall undertake the following actions at their 27th meeting (AC27) and 21st meeting (PC21), respectively:

 
a)   review the special reporting requirements identified by the Standing Committee Working Group on Special Reporting Requirements which relate to animals and plants, respectively;

 
b)   assess whether any of these reporting requirements are still current and valid, or whether they are outdated or otherwise unnecessary and can be considered for deletion; and

 
c)   advise the Standing Committee Working Group on Special Reporting Requirements of the results of the review and assessments mentioned in paragraphs a) and b) above, in a timely manner, so that it can provide a collated report on valid reporting requirements for the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65).

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.
 

Neotropical tree species

Neotropical tree species
 
Directed to the Plants Committee
16.159 The Working Group on Neotropical Tree Species shall work under the auspices of the Plants Committee.

During its 21st meeting, the Plants Committee shall define the membership and the terms of reference of the Working Group.

The Working Group shall preferably work through electronic means in order to reduce costs and speed up information exchange and progress in the activities included in its terms of reference.

The Working Group shall report on its progress at the 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee. In turn, the Plants Committee shall prepare a report on work completed for submission at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

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