18.110 - 18.116 Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

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18.110

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties should ensure the timely reporting of seizures and submission of DNA samples to range States, and continuously review trends associated with the illegal killing of rhinoceroses and illegal trade in rhinoceros specimens, and the measures and activities they are implementing to address these crimes, to ensure that these measures and activities remain effective and are quickly adapted to respond to any newly identified trends, and report to the Secretariat in time for consideration by the Standing Committee on any activities conducted in this regard.

18.111

Decision directed to: Parties

China, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, South Africa and Viet Nam are encouraged to make every effort to further strengthen their implementation of paragraphs 1 e) and 2 d) of Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP17) on Conservation of and trade in African and Asian rhinoceroses, including by pursuing the initiation of joint investigations and operations aimed at addressing members of organized crime networks across the entire illegal trade chain, and to report to the Secretariat on any activities conducted in this regard, in time for consideration by the Standing Committee.

18.112

Decision directed to: Parties

Zimbabwe is encouraged to pursue the expeditious finalization of outstanding cases in court related to rhinoceros poaching and rhinoceros horn smuggling, to consider measures that could be implemented to facilitate the swift processing of such cases in future, and to report to the Secretariat on any activities conducted in this regard, in time for consideration by the Standing Committee.

18.113

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

At its 74th meeting, the Standing Committee shall review the recommendations of the Secretariat reported under Decision 18.115, and any issues of concern brought to its attention under Decision 18.114, and make any additional recommendations for further action and request additional reporting, as appropriate, and prepare proposals for consideration of the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

18.114

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall review the reports received under Decisions 18.110, 18.111 and 18.112, and bring any issues of concern that may arise to the attention of the Standing Committee at its 74th meeting (SC74).

18.115

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, in consultation with interested Parties and the African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN/SSC) and TRAFFIC, explore options to reflect on challenges and best practices to assist in addressing rhinoceros poaching and rhinoceros horn trafficking in the report prepared for the Conference of the Parties in accordance with paragraph 7 of Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP17) and prepare recommendations for consideration by the Standing Committee, at SC74.

18.116

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties in which illegal markets for rhinoceros horn exist are encouraged to develop demand reduction programmes targeted at key identified audiences, taking into consideration the provisions in Resolution Conf. 17.4 on Demand reduction strategies to combat illegal trade in CITES-listed species and taking advantage of the experience and expertise developed in other jurisdictions and by other organizations. Parties are urged to close those markets that contribute to poaching or illegal trade.