17.44 to 17.48 Demand reduction

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Decision directed to: Parties

Parties and technical and financial partners are encouraged to provide the financial and technical support necessary to promote and facilitate the implementation of demand-reduction strategies.


Decision directed to: Parties

Parties that are destinations for illegal wildlife trade are encouraged to implement demand-reduction strategies and to report to the Standing Committee on the implementation of this decision.


Decision directed to: Parties

Parties and partners that have implemented demand-reduction strategies and campaigns are encouraged to provide the Secretariat with relevant details on the measures implemented and lessons learnt before the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee, so that these may be shared with other Parties.


Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall assess the need for the development of CITES guidance on demand-reduction strategies and make recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its 18th meeting.


Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding: a) contract a consultant to:   i) engage with Parties that reported against Decision 16.85 paragraph c)* and any other Parties as may be appropriate to identify best practices and challenges experienced by these   Parties in their development and implementation of long-term demand reduction strategies or programmes to combat trafficking in wildlife; and   ii) conduct a review of existing demand-reduction studies and material, and the outcomes of demand-reduction workshops and other initiatives that have taken place in recent  years; b) convene an expert workshop for Parties to review the consultants’ report and agree practical steps to be taken, including recommendations for the Standing Committee to submit to the Conference of the Parties at its 18th meeting; c) support interested Parties in implementing demand-reduction strategies and provide necessary technical cooperation to those Parties on an ongoing basis; d) prepare a report on the basis of the findings made through the activities outlined in paragraphs a) to c) in this decision, together with recommendations, on how to further enhance the effectiveness of such strategies or programmes to reduce demand for illegal wildlife specimens; and e) report on progress on the implementation of the present Decision at the 69th and 70th meetings of the Standing Committee. * China, Greece, South Africa and Zimbabwe – document CoP17 Doc. 68.