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East African sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)

East African sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.154 The Secretariat shall work with the Plants Committee to seek the external funding required for the implementation of Decision 16.153.

Access to Global Environment Facility funding

Access to Global Environment Facility funding
 
A financial mechanism for CITES
The Conference of the Parties has decided to defer consideration of a financial mechanism for CITES, such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to its 17th meeting, taking into account the progress achieved under the following Decision.
Directed to the Secretariat
16.2 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  in collaboration with the CBD Secretariat and in consultation with the GEF Secretariat, explore the necessity and feasibility as well as the legal and other implications of the GEF becoming a financial mechanism for CITES;
  b)  report on progress on its findings at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee, for consideration of the risks, benefits, necessity and implications, in order to get further guidance in preparation for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
  c)  convey Resolution Conf. 16.2 and Decision 16.2 to the GEF Council, through the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the GEF;
  d)  continue, in collaboration with the CBD Secretariat, to explore a closer working relationship with the GEF to enhance its biodiversity strategy in GEF-6 by strengthening the species-based component; and
  e)  convey CITES priorities to the GEF for it to take them into account when developing the biodiversity strategy in GEF-6, consistent with the mandate of the GEF.

 

Needs assessment for strengthening the implementation of CITES

Needs assessment for strengthening the implementation of CITES
 
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16.30 The Secretariat shall, before the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65):
  a)  issue a Notification to the Parties containing a questionnaire on the needs identified in the Annex to document CoP16 Doc. 22 (Rev. 1), entitled Technological, Logistical and Equipment Needs Assessment to Strengthen the Implementation of CITES in Developing Countries. The Secretariat shall seek input from all Parties, revise the questionnaire, and report its findings at SC65;
  b)  subject to the availability of external resources, and in order to assist Parties in determining how best to access and utilize new technologies, undertake a study of new and appropriate information and communication technologies needed to implement the Convention, including but not limited to, the use of hand-held devices and tablets, and off-the-shelf or ready-made electronic permitting systems that are affordable, such as UNEP-WCMC’s Electronic Permit Information eXchange (EPIX); and
  c)  report the results of the study, with recommendations as appropriate, for consideration at SC65.

 

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.

 

Introduction from the sea: capacity building and special requirements of developing States

Introduction from the sea: capacity building and special requirements of developing States
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.52 The Secretariat shall develop capacity-building tools and materials for use by Parties (e.g. a module in the CITES Virtual College) related to the implementation of the Convention for specimens taken from the marine environment not under the jurisdiction of any State.

 

Non-detriment findings

Non-detriment findings
 
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16.53 The Secretariat shall:
a)   invite Parties to submit their experiences and the results from workshops, projects or publications related to the making of non-detriment findings for inclusion in the CITES website; and
  b)   ensure this information is available in other formats (e.g. CD-ROM) where appropriate.

 

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.

 

Physical inspection of timber shipments

Physical inspection of timber shipments
 
Directed to the Secretariat
16.58 By the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat shall:
  a)  obtain information and materials from those Parties that have reported that they have developed tools and procedures for the identification and measurement of CITES-listed tree species, and the physical inspection of timber shipments;
  b)  publish the information on the CITES website so that it can be accessed by CITES plant inspection and enforcement authorities; and
  c)  incorporate this information into its capacity-building activities related to timber trade.

 

Identification Manual

Identification Manual
 
Directed to the Animals and Plants Committees and the Secretariat
16.59 The Animals and Plants Committees shall:
  a)  form an intersessional working group comprising at least one representative from each region of both Committees to assist in identifying CITES-listed taxa, taking account of existing CITES identification and guidance material as well as other material produced by Parties, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations;
  b)  determine, in collaboration with Parties, the current availability of identification and guidance material (printed and electronic) to increase accessibility to Parties;
  c)  consult with Parties to assess the need for additional identification material, including material under production by Parties and requested in Decisions;
  d)  compile a list of outstanding Decisions directing the Parties, the Animals and Plants Committees, and the Secretariat to produce identification and guidance material for CITES-listed taxa;
  e)  review, in collaboration with the Secretariat, and, taking into account new Web-based technologies, make recommendations, including amendments to Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16) on Identification Manual, to promote accuracy and availability of identification and guidance material; and
  f)  report progress at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

 

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.

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