Implementation report

BIENNIAL REPORT, now known as IMPLEMENTATION REPORT (deadline 31 October of the year before the CoP – NOT subject to compliance procedures)

Article VIII, paragraph 7, of the Convention also requires each Party to submit a biennial report on legislative, regulatory and administrative measures taken to enforce the Convention.

Biennial reports, now known as implementation reports, provide an opportunity for Parties to share information regarding their overall implementation of the Convention, including their progress in the development and application of laws and regulations, administrative procedures, economic and social incentives and wildlife trade policies. Such reports may contain summaries of national compliance and enforcement efforts (e.g. awareness-raising, training, monitoring, inspections, investigations, seizures, confiscations, prosecutions, convictions, penalties, court decisions, etc.).

At the national level, implementation reports serve as a tool for self-assessment through which Parties can identify achievements, significant developments or trends, gaps or problems and possible solutions. At the international level, the comparison and synthesis of information in implementation reports can support substantive and procedural decision-making by the Conference of the Parties and various subsidiary bodies.

Parties have agreed on:

a) standard format for implementation reports (see Notification to the Parties No. 2016/006 of 05 February 2016); and

b) A deadline for implementation reports: 31 October of the year before each meeting of the Conference of the Parties [see Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17)].

To reflect the three year cycle between meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the implementation report covering 2015-2017 will be due on 31 October 2018, about one year before the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2019.

Subject to the availability of external funds, the Secretariat will make a version of the implementation report available using the CITES Online Reporting System by 31 October 2017 (at least a year in advance of the deadline set for submission of reports to the 18th Conference of the Parties).

Data from the implementation reports will be used measure progress with the CITES Strategic Vision 2008-2020. See Revised set of indicators to measure progress with the CITES Strategic Vision 2008-2020 adopted at the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee.

The CITES Strategic Vision objectives have also been mapped against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets established in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. See Revised mapping of the CITES Strategic Vision 2008-2020 objectives and the Aichi Targets in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 adopted at the 66th meeting of the Standing Committee.