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Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.89 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  subject to external funding, convene a CITES Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force consisting of representatives from Parties affected by rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime partner organizations, EUROPOL and, as appropriate, other Parties and experts. The Task Force should develop strategies to improve international cooperation, taking into consideration ongoing initiatives [such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between South Africa and Viet Nam], and promote similar MoUs as appropriate;
  b)  subject to external funding, develop, in conjunction with relevant institutions and experts, a manual containing guidelines on best practices, protocols and operational procedures, that will promote the use of wildlife forensic technology;
  c)  examine the implementation of Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15) in those range States where the illegal killing of rhinoceros poses a significant threat to the populations of these species, particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe, and share its findings with the Working Group on Rhinoceroses;
  d)  examine progress with curtailing illegal trade in rhinoceros parts and derivatives by citizens of implicated States, particularly Viet Nam;
  e)  seek external funding to undertake a technical mission to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to assess current enforcement activities relevant to illegal trade in wildlife, in particular in rhinoceros parts and derivatives, and the implementation of Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15);
  f)  revise Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15), taking into consideration the contents of Decisions 16.84 and 16.85 and submit this revised version for consideration at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
  g)  report at the 65th and 66th meetings of the Standing Committee on progress with regard to the implementation of paragraph a) to e) of this Decision.

 

Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)

Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.94 The Secretariat shall report information on seizures made and on the progress of investigations referred to in Decision 16.93 at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee.

 

Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)

Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)

Directed to the Secretariat

 

16.148 On the basis of information provided in accordance with Decision 16.146, and in consultation with the range States of S. gigas, the Working group on Queen Conch mentioned in Decision 16.141 and FAO, the Secretariat shall report on the progress in the implementation of these Decisions at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)

Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.147 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  invite FAO and other relevant international and regional bodies to provide assistance to range States of S. gigas in order to enhance the capacity of their Scientific Authorities to make non-detriment findings, through the provision of training, technical support, the establishment and promotion of best practices and standards, and research support;
  b)  make existing examples of best practices, guidance and other relevant information for the making of non-detriment findings for trade in S. gigas available on the CITES website, and notify Parties accordingly;
  c)  communicate conversion factors and guidance for reporting on trade in S. gigas to the Parties, encouraging them to specify these conversion factors in their annual reports; and
  d)  collaborate with FAO to assist range States and Parties as necessary in applying conversions factors, and in improving harmonization of reporting to CITES and FAO.

 

Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)

Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.136 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  subject to external funding and in consultation with the Animals Committee, organize a study to:
  i)  provide an overview of molecular, DNA-based and other forensic methods that could assist in identifying the species and populations of Acipenseriformes specimens in trade, determining the origin or age of specimens, and differentiating wild from captive-bred or aquacultured specimens;
  ii)  review relevant developments in this area, including the availability and reliability of uniform identification systems;
  iii)  evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods (including practicality, costs, time-efficiency, reliability, technical requirements, etc.); and
  iv)  formulate relevant guidance for CITES Parties, enforcement agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders;
  b)  ensure consultation with Parties that authorize trade in specimens of sturgeons and paddlefish, appropriate experts, institutions and organizations, and the private sector in the conduct of the study;
  c)  make the results of the study available to the Animals Committee at its 27th or 28th meeting for its consideration; and
  d)  disseminate the recommendations formulated by the Standing Committee pursuant to Decision 16.138 in a Notification to the Parties.

 

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.130 The Secretariat shall issue a Notification requesting the range States of freshwater stingrays (Family Potamotrygonidae) to report on the conservation status and management of, and domestic and international trade in the species.

 

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..

 

Sharks and stingrays

Sharks and stingrays

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.128 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  issue a Notification to Parties requesting that they provide to the Secretariat a summary of their domestic laws and regulations that prohibit or regulate the landing of sharks or trade in shark specimens, together with copies of or links to these instruments in order for the Secretariat to make this information available on the CITES website; and
  b)  collaborate with the FAO Secretariat in the development of a single, regularly updated, source summarizing current Regional Fisheries Management Organization measures for shark conservation and management, with information on species, fisheries, Members and Contracting Parties, and the geographical areas covered and excluded.

 

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

 

Directed to the Secretariat

16.127 The CITES Secretariat shall collaborate with the Secretariat of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. It shall encourage implementation of outstanding recommendations arising from the 2009 regional workshop on the hawksbill turtle in the wider Caribbean and western Atlantic region, taking into account the findings of the status update, as necessary, which shall be completed by 2014. The Secretariat shall report on the implementation of the present Decision at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Roti Island snake-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi)

Roti Island snake-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi)

 

Directed to the Secretariat
16.126 The Secretariat shall liaise with the range States of the Roti Island side-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi), Indonesia and Timor-Leste, to compile information relevant to the Periodic Review of the Appendices for review at the 28th meeting of the Animals Committee.

 

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