17.160 to 17.161 Identification materials

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Decision directed to: Parties

The Parties are encouraged to support the efforts of the working group on capacity building and identification materials by providing to the Secretariat information on available capacity building materials, and identification and guidance materials that are used by Parties, and particularly by enforcement and inspections officers, to facilitate implementation of the Convention.


Decision directed to: Secretariat

Subject to the availability of funds, the Secretariat is directed to:
a) continue compiling information on available identification and guidance materials, and make them available on the CITES Virtual College;
b) support the development of databases and other means to make the identification materials available in a user-friendly manner;
c) continue to explore means to improve and promote the accuracy and availability of identification materials on CITES-listed species, including the development of and identifying financial resources to fund projects or programmes, such as the project proposal on Improvements to the CITES identification materials: Options to promote accuracy and availability of identification material to the Parties to CITES, prepared by theUnited Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), as well as the addition of functions and technologies to the Wiki Identification Manual on the CITES website.