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Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants

Reporting on trade in artificially propaged plants
 
Directed to the Secretariat
14.39 (Rev. CoP16) The Secretariat shall, subject to available funding, in consultation with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre:
a)   conduct a survey of reporting practices of Parties relating to trade in artificiallypropagated plants of taxa included in Appendix II, e.g. regarding the degree ofcompleteness and detail;
  b)   identify cases where the compilation of trade data pertaining to artificially propagated plants of taxa included in Appendix II has contributed to a significant extent to the detection of illegal trade or to any other analysis related to the conservation of wild flora;
  c)   taking into consideration the results of paragraphs a) and b) above, analyse the Convention text and Resolutions in order to identify binding and non-binding elements of reporting, with special emphasis on artificially propagated plants of taxa included in Appendix II. The Secretariat shall list options for streamlining such reporting; and
  d)   report on its findings to the Plants Committee prior to its 21st meeting.
 

Elephant conservation (Elephantidae spp.)

Elephant conservation (Elephantidae spp.)
 
Directed to the Secretariat
14.78 (Rev. CoP16) In preparation for the 65th and 66thmeetings of the Standing Committee, pending the necessary external funding, the Secretariat shall:
a)  produce an updated analysis of MIKE data, pending the availability of adequate new MIKE data;
  b)  invite TRAFFIC to submit an updated analysis of ETIS data and UNEP-WCMC to provide an overview of the latest elephant trade data;
  c)  invite the IUCN/SSC African and Asian Elephant Specialist Groups to submit any new and relevant information on the conservation status of elephants, and on pertinent conservation actions and management strategies; and
  d)  invite the African elephant range States to provide information on progress made in the implementation of the African elephant action plan.
  On the basis of the information specified above, the Secretariat shall recommend actions for consideration by the Standing Committee.

Production systems for specimens of CITES-listed species

Production systems for specimens of CITES-listed species
 
Directed to the Secretariat
15.52 The Secretariat shall:
  a)  contingent on the availability of external funds, contract an appropriate expert to prepare a guide to advise the Parties on the appropriate use of source codes;
  b)  provide a draft of this guide to the Animals and Plants Committees for review and comment; and
  c)  prepare and distribute the final product, incorporating the feedback of the Animals and Plants Committees, to inform the Parties on the appropriate use of source codes.
 

 

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
 
Directed to the Secretariat
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: 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
 
Directed to the Secretariat
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.

 

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.

 

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