17.97 to 17.100 Wildlife crime enforcement support in West and Central Africa

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Decision directed to: Parties

Parties, governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other entities are invited to provide financial or technical assistance to ensure the effective implementation of the priority enforcement recommendations identified in the threat assessment report commissioned in accordance with the provisions of Decision 17.97.


Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding,
a) in collaboration withthe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)and with the support of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and relevant stakeholders, commission a threat assessment report on illegal wildlife trade in West and Central Africa, to identify and collate information regarding trade routes, techniques and trends relating to wildlife trafficking in the two sub-regions, including recommendations on priority measures necessary to address and significantly reduce wildlife crime in the two sub-regions;
b) produce the report in the working languages of CITES and make it available to Parties; and
c) assist Parties, upon request, with the implementation of the recommendations and priority measures identified in the threat assessment report.


Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall review findings and recommendations emanating from the implementation of Decision 17.97 and make recommendations for further action to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.


Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are urged to support the activities to be conducted in compliance with Decision 17.97 through the provision of information on legal and illegal trade, as may be requested.