National wildlife trade policy reviews
Directed to the Secretariat
Contingent on the availability of external funding, the Secretariat shall, in collaboration with interested Parties and building on the findings and recommendations of the workshop on trade policy and economic incentives (Geneva, 2003):
a) conduct, in cooperation with the Parties, a review of their national policies regarding the use of and trade in specimens of CITES-listed species, taking into account economic incentives, production systems, consumption patterns, market access strategies, price structures, certification schemes, CITES-relevant taxation and subsidy schemes, property rights, mechanisms for benefit sharing and reinvestment in conservation, as well as stricter domestic measures that Parties apply or are affected by;
b) compile and synthesize the information provided by the Parties, and produce a report analysing the impacts of national policies for trade in CITES-listed species in terms of socio-economic and conservation benefits and costs, including on the economic value of the species, levels of legal and illegal trade, improvement of the livelihood of local communities, and on how they affect the role of the private sector involved in such trade;
c) report at the 54th and subsequent meetings of the Standing Committee and at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the progress made with regard to the implementation of this Decision; and
d) submit a project proposal to the Global Environment Facility, and other funding institutions and development agencies, to seek financial support to prepare the trade policy reviews in the interested countries, in the context of their national and regional strategies for biodiversity conservation.
The Secretariat shall invite all Parties, governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to provide technical assistance for conducting the national wildlife trade policy reviews.
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