18.152 - 18.156 Definition of ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’

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18.152

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall:

a) create and maintain a dedicated webpage on the CITES website to make available the non-binding guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1 and to compile reference materials, published references, best practice examples, examples of Parties’ appropriate and acceptable destination findings and suitably equipped to house and care for living specimens’ findings, and other relevant information;

b) issue a notification within 90 days of the close of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties containing the non-binding guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1 on the provisions of paragraph 2 a) of Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP18) on
Definition of the term 'appropriate and acceptable destinations' for living specimens of Appendix-II species subject to an annotation referring to ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’, as well as Article III paragraphs 3 (b) and 5 (b) for living Appendix-I specimens; and inviting Parties to submit relevant material for the CITES webpage created under paragraph a);

c) source additional relevant information for inclusion on the dedicated webpage created under paragraph a); and

d) issue a notification within 30 days of the close of the 73rd meeting of the Standing Committee inviting Parties to provide feedback on experience with using the guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1 as well as the information provided on the CITES webpage created under paragraph a) and report this to the Animals Committee and Standing Committee for their consideration and recommendations, as appropriate.

18.153

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall consult with Parties whose elephants are listed in Appendix II and who have exported wild caught elephants to a non-elephant range State since CoP11 on their implementation of Resolution Conf. 11.20 on Definition of the term 'appropriate and acceptable destinations', in particular considering the role and responsibility of the State of export in Article IV, Resolution Conf. 16.7 (Rev. CoP17) on Non-detriment findings and , and provide the information received to the Animals Committee, for its consideration.

18.154

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are:
a) invited to use the non-binding guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1 when considering whether the proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it; and
b) encouraged to submit relevant information for the webpage created under Decision 18.152, paragraph a).

18.155

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee shall:

a) prepare non-binding best practice guidance on how to determine whether “the trade would promote
in situ conservation”, in line with the provisions of paragraph 2 b) of Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP18), in consultation with the Secretariat;

b) building on the existing non-binding guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1, prepare more detailed species-specific guidance for living specimens of African elephants and southern white rhinoceros, in consultation with relevant experts (including species and zoological facility experts) and the Secretariat;

c) make the guidance and any recommendations available for consideration and endorsement by the Standing Committee; and

d) review the report from the Secretariat on feedback from Parties called for in Decision 18.152 paragraph d) and make recommendations, as appropriate, for consideration by the Standing Committee.

18.156

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) consider the report of the Animals Committee, regarding the non-binding guidance developed under Decision 18.155 paragraphs a) and b), and the guidance contained in document CoP18 Doc. 44.1 and make recommendations, as appropriate, including possible revisions to Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP18) and any other relevant Resolution, for consideration at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
b) review the report from the Secretariat and any comments and recommendations coming from the Animals Committee on feedback from Parties called for in Decision
18.152 paragraph d) and make recommendations, as appropriate, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th meeting.