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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 Secretariat
16.81 The Secretary-General of CITES, subject to any guidance from the Standing Committee, shall cooperate with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime regarding:
  a)  the levels of illegal killing of elephants in Africa and the related illegal trade in elephant ivory; and
  b)  the national security implications for certain countries in Africa of this illegal killing and trade.
 

 

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 Secretariat
16.80 The Secretariat shall contact each country identified in document CoP16 Doc. 53.2.2 (Rev. 1) (ETIS report of TRAFFIC) as being of ‘importance to watch’ (Angola, Cambodia, Japan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) to seek clarification on their implementation of CITES and other provisions concerning control of trade in elephant ivory and ivory markets, and report its findings and recommendations at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee.

 

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 Secretariat
16.79 The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding:
  a)  contact each Party identified in document CoP16 Doc. 53.2.2 (Rev. 1) (ETIS report of TRAFFIC) as being of ‘secondary concern’ (Cameroon, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mozambique and Nigeria) to seek clarification on their implementation of CITES provisions concerning control of trade in elephant ivory and ivory markets;
  b)  based on its findings and in consultation with the Parties of ‘secondary concern’, develop country-specific actions and deadlines focused on ensuring significant progress by the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee on the implementation of measures to effectively control trade in ivory and ivory markets; and
  c)  report its findings and recommendations at the 65th and 66th meetings of the Standing Committee.

 

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees

Potential conflicts of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees
 
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16.10 The Secretariat shall compile examples of conflicts of interest procedures under other relevant agreements and organizations, and shall prepare a report for the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee.

 

Illegal trade in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

Illegal trade in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.71 The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding, contract independent consultants to undertake a study of the legal and illegal trade in wild cheetahs, and to assess the impact of this trade on the species conservation in the wild. The study should aim to determine the source of cheetahs in illegal trade, and the transit routes of illegally trafficked cheetahs, and should document the measures taken by Parties to deal with or dispose of confiscated live specimens. All range States must be fully consulted as stakeholders. The Secretariat shall make the results of the study available to the Animals and Standing Committees for their consideration.

Use of taxonomic serial numbers

Use of taxonomic serial numbers
 
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16.57 The Secretariat shall, subject to the availability of external funding, compile information voluntarily provided by the Parties in accordance with Decision 16.56, make recommendations, as appropriate, for consideration by the Standing Committee at its 66th meeting and make this information available to Parties at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

Introduction from the sea: chartering

Introduction from the sea: chartering
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.48 The Secretariat shall report at the 65th and 66th meetings of the Standing Committee on the implementation of the Convention by the Parties concerned in relation to the provision on chartering arrangements provided for in Resolution Conf. 14.6 (Rev. CoP16).

The report should focus in particular on the conditions under which non-detriment findings are made and permits and certificates are issued, as well as on the relationship between chartering States and States in which the vessel is registered, in performing those tasks. It should especially assess the capacity of chartering States and the States in which the vessels are registered to control compliance with the provisions of the CITES Convention.

In that regard, the report should pay special attention to the implementation of the provisions of the Resolution pertaining to the legality of the acquisition and landing of the specimens concerned.

The report shall also include any cases where Parties have been unable to take advantage of this provision, including in situations where at least one of the States involved is not party to a relevant Regional Fishery Management Organization/Arrangement (RFMO/A).

Between now and the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17), the Secretariat shall further communicate with the Secretariat of the relevant RFMO/A and other relevant international organizations, in particular regarding the implementation of the relevant obligations resulting from these RFMO/As or other international organizations, and share information provided with Parties on a timely basis.

 

Credentials Committee

Credentials Committee
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.1 The Secretariat shall develop, for consideration at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee, draft guidance to Parties on the submission of credentials for a meeting of the Conference of the Parties taking note of the CoP16 Credentials Committee Chair’s recommendations that this guidance should address, inter alia, the following:
  a)  submission of original credentials only and not copies of credentials;
  b)  use of stationery with an official letterhead which indicates the relevant country and government office;
  c)  signature of credentials by the head of State, head of government or minister of foreign affairs;
  d)  the acceptability of alternative signatories (in a temporary or acting capacity), if their authority to sign is clearly indicated;
  e)  provision of the name and title of the signatory; and
  f)  translation into one of the three working languages of the Convention.
  When the draft guidance has been endorsed by the Standing Committee, the Secretariat shall make it available to Parties through the CITES website.

 

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 Secretariat
16.63 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  contingent on the availability of external funds, contract an appropriate expert or experts to:
  i)  evaluate the concerns identified in the examples in document SC62 Doc. 26, Annex, regarding trade in specimens claimed to be derived from captive breeding or ranching;
  ii)  review CITES annual report data for specimens recorded using source codes C, D, F and R;
  iii)  identify problems with CITES implementation associated with these examples;
  iv)  consider ways to more effectively share available information on captive-breeding and ranching operations;
  v)  evaluate the utility of a captive-breeding database (including wider application of the existing UNEP-WCMC Captive-Breeding Database being developed for the European Union);
  vi)  prepare a report on its findings and recommendations, taking into consideration the report and recommendations of the working group on implementation of the Convention relating to captive-bred and ranched specimens presented at the 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee; and
  vii)  develop draft checklists or guides for the inspection of captive-breeding and ranching facilities and review of permit applications for captive-bred and ranched specimens;
  b)  provide a draft of this report and additional materials to the Animals Committee at its 27th meeting, for review; and
  c)  distribute final report and materials to the Parties if endorsed by the Animals and Standing Committees.

 

Capacity-building programme for science-based establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas for Appendix-II species

Capacity-building programme for science-based establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas for Appendix-II species
 
Directed to the Secretariat
12.91 (Rev. CoP16) The Secretariat is encouraged to continue to develop and refine its capacity-building programme dealing with the scientific basis for development, establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas for Appendix-II species.

 

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