Soutien à la gestion durable des espèces d’arbres en danger et à la conservation de l’éléphant d’Afrique

The CITES tree species programme aims to provide direct financial assistance to Parties in taking conservation and management measures to ensure that their trade in timber, bark, extracts and other products from CITES-listed tree species is sustainable, legal and traceable.    more...

 

 

Geographical & Taxonomic scope


  • Asia: Dalbergia cochichiniensis, Pterocarpus sanctalinus, Taxus spp., Aquilaria spp., Gyrinops spp., Gonystylus spp.
  • Africa: Diospyros spp. (Madagascar), Dalbergia spp. (Madagascar), Pericopsis elata, Osyris lanceolata, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Prunus africana, Guibourtia demeusei; G. pellegriniana; G. tessmsnnii
  • Central and South America and the CaribbeanSwietenia spp., Dalbergia spp., Platymiscium dimorphandrum, Platymiscium yucatanum, Enterolobium cyclocarpum, Lonchocarpus castilloi, Astronium graveolens, Aniba rosaedora, Bulnesia sarmientoi, Guaiacum spp.

Core Areas of Work


  • formulation of non-detriment findings
  • marking & traceability
  • tree products identification
  • capacity building & governance

 

Advisory Committee


  • The Advisory Committee ensures strategic advice and guidance to the programme, through advice on programme implementation, proposal applications, annual progress report.
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About the CITES Tree Species Programme


Background

Concerned that the long-term survival, of commercially valuable tree species may be threatened by over-exploitation, the CITES Conference of the Parties has agreed to include more than 900 tree species under the CITES Appendices. Products of these tree species may only be exported if the Scientific Authority of that Party has advised that the export of the specimens will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild.

To that end, the CITES tree species programme aims to provide direct financial assistance to Parties in taking conservation and management measures to ensure that their trade in timber, bark, extracts and other products from CITES-listed tree species is sustainable, legal and traceable.

Mission

The CITES Tree Species Programme seeks to foster economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development. It helps maximizing CITES contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 15 as it relates to sustainably managing forests and halting biodiversity loss. The Programme aims to improve and strengthen forest governance to ensure benefit from long-term species conservation and contribute to rural development in often remote areas, sustainable economic growth at country level and long-term poverty alleviation.

Core areas of work

The Programme supports Parties that export valuable parts and derivatives of CITES-listed tree species by providing them direct financial assistance for taking conservation and management measures to ensure that their trade in timber, bark, extracts and other products from CITES-listed tree species is sustainable, legal and traceable. This will be achieved through improved practical and technological capacity for the development of non-detriment findings, enhanced silvicultural and ecological knowledge for the management of CITES-listed tree species, increased capacity in the identification of timber and non-timber forest products and effective information and tracking systems.

Donors


The CITES Tree Species Programme is dependent on donor support. The European Union has been the most important donor, whose contribution includes EUR 7 million earmarked to support the CITES tree species programme to be implemented by the CITES Secretariat, and EUR 1 million for the African Elephant Fund to be implemented by UNEP.

Regional Support


To facilitate a smooth implementation of the CITES tree species programme, three Regional Coordinators have been appointed, whose tasks include:

  • Assist with the formulation of national project needs and priorities;
  • Assist with the design of projects/activities;
  • Monitor the progress of the implementation of approved activities and budgeting by implementing agencies;
  • Assist in convening meetings as relevant;
  • Provide technical advice to avoid duplication of effort; and
  • Interact with other projects and programmes of the CITES Secretariat as requested

CITES Tree Species Programme Team


Ms. Milena Sosa Schmidt, Coordinator and Regional Coordinator for Central and South America and the Caribbean

e-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Jean Lagarde Betti, Regional Coordinator for Africa

e-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Hooi Chiew Thang, Regional Coordinator for Asia

e-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Atila Seke, Programme Assistant

e-mail: [email protected]