Decisions of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in effect after the 18th meeting

This list of Decisions has been produced in accordance with Resolution Conf. 4.6 (Rev. CoP18) of the Conference of the Parties. It contains the Decisions (other than Resolutions) adopted at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18, Geneva, 2019) as well as the Decisions adopted at previous meetings that remain in effect after the 18th meeting.

The Decisions in this section are grouped by subject, in accordance with Resolution Conf. 4.6 (Rev. CoP18).

Every Decision that was adopted at CoP18 has a number starting with '18', e.g. Decision 18.1. Every Decision that was adopted at a previous meeting and remains valid is included here with its original number, e.g. Decision 14.69. If the Conference of the Parties amended a Decision at a meeting after the one at which it was adopted, the original number of that Decision is followed by the indication ‘(Rev. CoPXX)’, where 'XX' represents the number of the meeting at which the amendment was adopted. For example, Decision 16.162 (Rev. CoP18) was adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its 16th meeting and amended at its 18th meeting.

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Interpretation and implementation matters
18.62 - 18.67 National laws for the implementation of the Convention
18.68 - 18.70 Compliance Assistance Programme
18.71 - 18.73 Country-wide Significant Trade Reviews
17.108 (Rev. CoP18) - 17.110 (Rev. CoP18) Review of Significant Trade
18.74 Review of Resolution Conf. 11.3 (Rev. CoP18)
18.75 - 18.76 Annual illegal trade reports
18.77 - 18.80 Enforcement
18.81 - 18.85 Wildlife crime linked to the Internet
18.86 - 18.87 Demand reduction to combat illegal trade
18.88 - 18.93 Wildlife crime enforcement support in West and Central Africa
18.94 - 18.99 Malagasy palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.) and ebonies (Diospyros spp.)
17.226 & 18.100 - 18.109 Illegal trade in Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)
18.110 - 18.116 Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)
17.87 (Rev. CoP18) - 17.88 (Rev. CoP18) Domestic markets for frequently illegally traded specimens
18.117 - 18.119 Closure of domestic ivory markets
18.120 - 18.121 Trade in mammoth ivory
18.122 - 18.124 Guidance for making legal acquisition findings
18.125 - 18.128 Electronic systems and information technologies
18.129 - 18.131 Authentication and control of permits
14.54 (Rev. CoP18) Purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates
18.132 - 18.134 Non-detriment findings
18.135 - 18.139 Identification materials
18.140 - 18.143 & 16.58 (Rev. CoP18) Identification of timber and other wood products
16.136 (Rev. CoP18) - 16.138 (Rev. CoP18) Identification and traceability of sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)
18.144 - 18.145 Traceability
18.146 Labelling system for trade in caviar
18.147 - 18.150 Specimens produced through biotechnology
18.151 Implications of the transfer of a species from one Appendix to another
18.152 - 18.156 Definition of ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’
17.181 & 18.157 - 18.158 Introduction from the sea
18.159 - 18.164 Disposal of confiscated specimens
18.165 - 18.170 Quotas for leopard (Panthera pardus) hunting trophies
18.171 Simplified procedures for permits and certificates
14.69 & 17.102 Captive-bred and ranched specimens
18.172 - 18.173 Review of CITES provisions related to trade in specimens of animals and plants not of wild source
18.174 - 18.175 Captive-breeding of Sri Lankan agamids
18.176 - 18.177 Review of the provisions of Resolution Conf. 17.7 (Rev. CoP18)
18.178 Guidance on the term ‘artificially propagated’
18.179 - 18.181 Specimens grown from wild-collected seeds or spores that are deemed to be artificially propagated
17.170 (Rev. CoP18) Stocks and stockpiles
18.182 - 18.185 Stocks and stockpiles (elephant ivory)
Species specific matters
18.186 - 18.192 West African vultures (Accipitridae spp.)
18.193 Cheetah trade resource kit (Acinonyx jubatus)
18.194 - 18.196 Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.)
18.197 - 18.202 Eels (Anguilla spp.)
17.192 (Rev. CoP18) - 17.193 (Rev. CoP18) Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)
18.203 - 18.204 Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)
18.205 - 18.208 Boswellia trees (Boswellia spp.)
18.209 Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)
18.210 - 18.217 Marine turtles (Cheloniidae spp. and Dermochelyidae spp.)
18.218 - 18.225 Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)
18.226 - 18.227 Trade in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)
18.228 - 18.233 Seahorses (Hippocampus spp.)
18.234 - 18.237 Rosewood tree species [Leguminosae (Fabaceae)]
18.238 - 18.243 Pangolins (Manis spp.)
18.244 - 18.250 African lions (Panthera leo) and the CITES Big Cats Task Force
18.251 - 18.253 Jaguars (Panthera onca)
18.254 - 18.255 Leopards (Panthera pardus) in Africa
18.256 - 18.259 Songbird trade and conservation management (Passeriformes)
18.260 - 18.262 African cherry (Prunus africana)
17.256 (Rev. CoP18) & 17.258 (Rev. CoP18) African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus)
18.263 - 18.265 Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
18.266 - 18.269 Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil)
18.270 - 18.274 Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)
18.275 - 18.280 Queen conch (Strombus gigas)
18.281 - 18.285 Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius culeus)
18.286 - 18.291 Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)
18.292 - 18.295 Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)
17.302 African tree species
14.81 Great whales
18.296 - 18.298 Marine ornamental fishes
18.299 Neotropical tree species
18.300 - 18.303 Trade in medicinal and aromatic plant species

* For the purpose of these Decisions, “indigenous peoples and local communities” is understood to include rural communities.