17.203 to 17.208 Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)

17.203

Decision directed to: Others

Directed to source, transit and destinations Parties for Malagasy Diospyros spp. and Dalbergia spp.
Source, transit and destination Parties for specimens of species of the genera Dalbergia and Diospyros occurring in Madagascar are urged to:
a) enforce all the measures that are recommended by the CITES Standing Committee concerning commercial trade in specimens of these species from Madagascar, including suspensions of such trade;
b) develop action plans to effectively manage timber stockpiles of Dalbergia spp. and Diospyros spp. from Madagascar; and
c) provide written reports describing progress made with implementation of paragraphs a) and b) of this Decision to the Standing Committee.


17.204

Decision directed to: Parties

Directed to Madagascar
Madagascar shall:

a) continue to develop an inclusive process to identify the main commercially valuable species in these genera from Madagascar, in cooperation with transit and destination Parties, the CITES Secretariat and relevant partners, such as the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with trade in timber of rosewood, ebonies and palisanders;
b) for those species identified under paragraph a) establish, in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat, a precautionary export quota based upon a scientifically robust non-detriment finding;
c) subject to the availability of funds, organize workshops in support of the implementation of paragraphs a) and b) of this Decision, and to strengthen the national capacity to formulate non-detriment findings, and identify and agree on monitoring mechanisms that include appropriate technology (e.g. timber tracking);
d) continue the production of identification materials for identifying timber and timber products of species of the genera Dalbergia and Diospyros from Madagascar;
e) for those species identified under paragraph a), significantly strengthen control and enforcement measures against illegal logging and export at the national level including seizures, investigations, arrests, prosecutions, and sanctions;
f) submit regular updates on audited inventories of at least a third of the stockpiles of species of Dalbergia and Diospyros from Madagascar, and a use plan for consideration, approval and further guidance from the Standing Committee; and
g) provide written reports on progress with the implementation of paragraphs a) to d) of this Decision to each meeting of the Plants Committee; on progress with the implementation of paragraphs e) and f) of this Decision to the Standing Committee; and on progress with the implementation of this Decision to the Conference of the Parties at its 18th meeting.


17.205

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties and relevant partners indicated in Decision 17.204 paragraph a) are invited to:
a) provide technical and financial assistance to support the implementation of Decisions 17.203 to 17.208;
b) provide technical and financial assistance in support of conducting audited inventories of Dalbergia spp. and Diospyros spp. from Madagascar; and
c) provide reports to the Standing Committee, including information received from relevant partner organizations, concerning progress with the implementation of paragraphs a) and b) of this Decision.


17.206

Decision directed to: Plants Committee

The Plants Committee shall:
a) review and assess reports from Madagascar on its implementation of Decisions 17.204 paragraphs a) to d), and from the Secretariat on the implementation of Decision 17.208, and provide recommendations to Madagascar and the Standing Committee and other bodies as appropriate;
b) continue supporting the preparation of a standard reference for the names of species of the genera Diospyros and Dalbergia occurring in Madagascar, to be adopted, if appropriate, at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
c) assist Madagascar in the identification of technical resources in support of the implementation of Decisions 17.204 paragraphs a) to d), and if needed, make recommendations to Madagascar, Standing Committee and other relevant organizations.


17.207

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall review and assess reports from Madagascar on the implementation of Decision 17.204 paragraph e) and f), and from the Secretariat on the implementation of Decision 17.208, and make recommendations, which may include appropriate compliance measures and an assessment as to whether the conditions for a partial sale of audited stocks are in place, in accordance with the criteria established in Decision 17.204, paragraphs e) and f).


17.208

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:
a) assist Madagascar, relevant Parties, and the Standing and Plants Committees in the implementation of Decisions 17.203 to 17.207;
b) subject to available funding, assist with relevant capacity-building activities in Madagascar and transit and destination countries concerned by the trade in specimens of Diospyros spp. and Dalbergia spp. from Madagascar, including through international capacity building workshops; and
c) provide written reports on progress with the implementation of this Decision to the Plants Committee and the Standing Committee, as appropriate.