17.57 (Rev. CoP18), 18.31 - 18.32 Engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities*

back to the Decisions page

17.57 (Rev. CoP18)

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) examine the terminology used in different Resolutions and Decisions when referring to “indigenous peoples”, " local communities” or "rural communities"; and
b) make recommendations to the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on whether there is need for consistency of terminology across these Resolutions and Decisions.

18.31

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) establish an intersessional working group to consider how to effectively engage indigenous peoples and local communities* in the CITES processes, taking into account the discussions from the last intersessional period and any information provided pursuant to Decision 18.32 and present its findings and recommendations to the Standing Committee.
b) when establishing the intersessional working group, endeavour to achieve regional balance of Parties and observers, and give special consideration to participation of representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities*;
c) develop non-binding guidance that proponent Parties may use, as appropriate, in consulting with indigenous peoples and local communities* as part of the consultations that may take place on proposals to amend the Appendices.
d) make recommendations on the engagement of indigenous peoples and local communities* in CITES processes to the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

18.32

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:
a) issue a Notification inviting Parties to provide information on their experiences and lessons learned in engaging indigenous peoples and local communities* in CITES processes;
b) consult and collaborate with relevant organizations and experts to gather information on experiences and lessons learned to complement information received from Parties under paragraph a) above; and
c) compile the information received from the Parties and other relevant organizations and provide a summary to the Standing Committee.

* For the purpose of these Decisions, “indigenous peoples and local communities” is understood to include rural communities.