17.166 to 17.169 Identification (timber)

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Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are encouraged to expand or create and maintain scientific reference collections essential for the development of methodologies to identify CITES-listed tree species and distinguish them from look-alike species, in accordance with current best practices regarding collection, curation and facilitation of exchange of reference materials.


Decision directed to: Plants Committee

With respect to CITES-listed tree species, the Plants Committee shall, at its 23rd and 24th meetings:
Concerning standard nomenclature:
a) prioritize taxa for the adoption of new or updated standard nomenclature references, in particular where nomenclature poses a barrier to identification of CITES-listed trees in trade;
b) identify the research needs and resource requirements for the production of standard nomenclature references for priority taxa;
Concerning wood and other material as reference samples for identification purposes, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and building on information on existing initiatives previously made available to Parties:
a) determine, for all CITES-listed tree species, the locations and availability of existing reference samples or collections, and identify priorities in addressing gaps;
b) encourage interested Parties to identify, collect and curate reference samples, and facilitate exchange to make them available, as appropriate, to research institutions, law enforcement agencies, and other authorities concerned;
c) identify and compile information on best practices for the collection and curation of reference samples, identifying gaps where they exist; and
d) consider how best to assist and strengthen capacities for forensic work on identification of CITES-listed tree species in trade.


Decision directed to: Plants Committee

The Plants Committee shall update the Standing Committee on progress made on the implementation of Decisions 17.166-167 at the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee; and will report its findings and recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its 18th meeting.


Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding, in cooperation withthe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), theInternational Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)and other relevant stakeholders, support the implementation of Decisions 17.166-168.