Work programme of the Plants Committee
Directed to the Plants Committee
a) The following topics shall continue to be given full attention and become high priorities for the Plants Committee:
i) the periodic review of the Appendices (action point 2.1.2 of the Action Plan of the Strategic Vision);
ii) the Review of Significant Trade (action point 2.1.3); and
iii) the review of heavily traded non-CITES species (action point 2.1.4).
b) For each of these priorities, specific activities shall be identified in order to determine the funding, resources and time-frame required to address them successfully. Furthermore, indicators should be identified to monitor the status and evolution of these activities closely.
c) Annex 2 to these Decisions presents the status of the tasks addressed to the Plants Committee and the order of priorities to carry them out.
The Plants Committee shall, during the period between the 12th and 13th meetings of the Conference of the Parties, develop proposals to amend the Appendices on the basis of the Contribution to an evaluation of tree species using the new CITES Listing Criteria, published by the Management Authority of the Netherlands in 1998.
In the period between the 12th and 13th meetings of the Conference of the Parties, the Plants Committee shall:
a) continue with the implementation of the Action Plan of the Plants Committee resulting from the adoption of the Strategic Plan for the Convention at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
b) apply the mechanisms established by the Standing Committee to review the Appendices. These mechanisms should clearly identify who would draft a proposal for presentation at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties once a review has been finalized and is supported by the Plants Committee. Ideally, one or more range States of the taxa in question would undertake to draft and submit proposals to amend the Appendices but, if this does not happen, the Depositary Government, with the support of the Plants Committee members, should be asked to accomplish this task;
c) continue the review of the Appendices with the following priorities: timbers, based on Contribution to an evaluation of tree species using the new CITES Listing Criteria, the review of tree species in trade by the Netherlands; and artificially propagated plants traded in large quantities;
d) participate in the implementation of Resolution Conf. 12.8 concerning the Review of Significant Trade in specimens of Appendix-II species;
e) review the Resolutions concerning plants and the plant trade to improve their clarity and to facilitate their understanding through guides or other materials;
f) support the Secretariat in its work on the development of a programme to assist Scientific Authorities in making non-detriment findings in accordance with the provisions of Article IV of the Convention;
g) take responsibility for the scientific analysis of problems related to the international trade in plants in order to provide scientifically-based findings for the drafting of proposals to be presented at meetings of the Conference of the Parties;
h) collaborate, when requested, in the preparation of identification materials for plants for the identification manual;
i) collaborate with the Nomenclature Committee, when requested, in the preparation of checklists and in addressing taxonomic questions concerning plants;
j) strengthen the work of the regional representatives regarding the updating of regional directories;
k) establish links with industry and traders to promote projects on sustainable use of plants and plant resources in collaboration with local communities of exporting countries;
l) analyse the relationship between in situ conservation and ex situ production of plants;
m) explain the role of Appendix II and identify good case studies for a better understanding of listing in this Appendix; and
n) establish permanent relations with the Convention on Biological Diversity regarding the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) and other issues of interest to the Plants Committee.
The Plants Committee shall analyse the GSPC adopted at the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in detail and links with its activities and collaborations, especially regarding target xi 'No species of wild flora endangered by international trade'.
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