About 30 experts from 11 countries that are members of Advisory Committee were brought together in Geneva, Switzerland on 18 August 2019 at Palexpo during the Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CITES CoP18).
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.
The meeting reviewed the progress made so far in the implementation of the Programme in the Asian, African and Central American and Caribbean region. During the one-hour meeting, participants were provided a general overview of the CITES Tree Species Programme, the work done and on the progress made since the 3rd Advisory Committee meeting. Discussion was also made on pending matters and preparation of contracts.
Toward the end of the meeting the CITES Tree Species Programme team presented the new website with all the details on using it.
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero concluded the meeting inviting all the participants to the next Advisory Committee meeting in 2020.