17.302 African tree species

Decision directed to:
Plants Committee

The Plants Committee shall form a working group on African tree species with the following terms of reference, as well as any other terms it deems appropriate:
a) The working group will work primarily via electronic means;
b) The working group will seek to facilitate the circulation and exchange of experiences among the range States, importing countries and other stakeholders on the sustainable use and management of CITES-listed African tree species;
c) The working group will seek to identify gaps and weaknesses in the capacity of range States of African tree species to effectively implement CITES for these species;
d) The working group will examine how the processes currently used by countries to develop annual export quotas compare with the processes recommended under CITES and develop recommendations for reconciling them;
e) The working group will explore the conversion factors used for different commodities (e.g., logs, sawn wood, bark) and develop recommendations for improving such processes;
f) The working group will seek to identify other African tree species that may benefit from inclusion in the CITES Appendices;
g) The working group will bring any issues related to implementation and enforcement of CITES listings for African tree species to the attention of the Plants Committee; and
h) The working group will report its findings and recommendations to the Plants Committee.