18.299 Neotropical tree species

Decision directed to:
Plants Committee
The Plants Committee shall:
a) re-establish the intersessional neotropical tree species working group to work by electronic means to:
i) agree on a priority list of CITES-listed neotropical tree species, and decide on associated activities that will most significantly contribute to the implementation of the mandates in Resolutions relating to neotropical tree species and that are addressed to the Plants Committee;
ii) in the process of developing the priority list referred to in paragraph i) above, special consideration shall be given to neotropical tree species-listings in effect since the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; to neotropical tree species that are currently under the Review of Significant Trade (or other compliance mechanisms of the Convention); as well as those that are known to represent implementation challenges particularly in matters related to the formulation of non-detriment findings and identification of specimens in trade;
iii) exchange experiences, information and skills between countries on the priority neotropical tree species’; and
iv) report on progress made in the management and conservation of, and trade in, priority neotropical tree species, as well as on lessons learned, including on the generation of studies on the status of their populations; implementation of traceability and chain of custody systems, which strengthen the transparency and sustainable trade in timber species; and creation of materials for identification and training in the different existing methods, with an emphasis on those that can be used easily by authorities; and
b) review the progress reported by the intersessional working group and make recommendations to the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) as appropriate.