17.291 to 17.298 Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

17.291

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to available funding:
a) in collaboration with Parties requiring assistance, and relevant experts, provide or develop guidance to CITES Scientific and Management Authorities concerning:
i) techniques to survey and monitor wild populations of tortoises and freshwater turtles, to assess impacts of offtake, and to implement adaptive management programmes in the context of the making of non-detriment findings; and
ii) the differentiation of specimens originating from the wild from those from captive or ranching production systems;
b) contract consultants to develop, in collaboration with relevant Parties, experts and theInternational Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), a guide on categories of turtle parts and derivatives in trade, for national agencies responsible for wildlife law enforcement, to raise their awareness of the trade in these types of specimens, to enable initial recognition of such specimens, and to provide guidance on further identification resources and expertise that can be consulted; and
c) in collaboration with ICCWC, relevant Parties and experts, establish a secure rapid-response identification network to connect inspecting officials to a network of verified specialists on species identification, with an initial pilot phase focusing on tortoises and freshwater turtles, that could be extended to other species, if appropriate.


17.292

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall report at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the implementation of Decision 17.291.


17.293

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee shall review the guidance provided or developed in accordance with Decision 17.291, paragraphs a) and b), and make recommendations for consideration by the Secretariat.


17.294

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall engage the government of Madagascar and other relevant stakeholders to provide urgent assistance to combat illegal collection and trade in the Ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) or Angonoka.


17.295

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:
a) with funding already provided, establish and convene a CITES Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Task Force (Task Force) to operate, as described in Decision 17.296. The members of the Task Force could include theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the members of the ICCWC, Madagascar and those Parties in Asia that are most affected by the illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles and their parts and derivatives and other individuals who the Secretariat determines may contribute to the work of the Task Force;
b) seek funding to support the work and additional meetings of the Task Force through the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties;
c) work to establish a secure electronic communications platform for the Task Force [i.e. the CENComm Environet of theWorld Customs Organization (WCO)];
d) transmit the findings and recommendations of the Task Force, under Decision 17.296 c), to the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee for its consideration, and make its own recommendations as appropriate; and,
e) transmit to the Standing Committee, for consideration at its 70th meeting, a progress report on the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations by the Parties, as described in Decision 17.298 c).


17.296

Decision directed to: Others

Directed to the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtles Task Force
The Task Force shall:
a) as it deems appropriate, exchange intelligence and other information on the illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater and terrestrial turtles;
b) discuss enforcement and implementation issues related to the illegal trade in tortoises and freshwater and terrestrial turtles as outlined in document CoP17 Doc. 73 Annexes 1 – 4 and any other materials it deems relevant; and,
c) deliver findings and recommendations, through the Secretariat, to the 69th meeting of Standing Committee to strengthen the enforcement and implementation of the Convention for these species by the Parties.


17.297

Decision directed to: Parties

The Parties shall:
a) take steps to strengthen implementation and enforcement of the Convention for tortoises and freshwater and terrestrial turtles, especially the recommendations of the Standing Committee under Decision 17.298 a) and b); and
b) report to 70th and 71st meetings of the Standing Committee, through the Secretariat, on steps taken to implement the Committee’s recommendations, under Decision 17.298 a) and b).


17.298

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) at its 69th meeting, consider the findings and recommendations of the Secretariat and the Task Force, under Decisions 17.295 d) and 17.296 c) and recommend actions by the Parties, as it deems appropriate, to strengthen enforcement and implementation of the Convention for these species;
b) at its 70th and 71st meetings, evaluate the reports of the Parties under Decision 17.297 b) and determine whether additional recommendations or measures are needed, including appropriate compliance measures in accordance with Resolution Conf. 14.3 onCITES compliance procedures; and
c) report on actions and progress achieved by the Committee, Task Force and the Parties at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.