18.286 - 18.291 Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

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18.286

Decision directed to: Parties

Madagascar should:

a) review its implementation of Resolution Conf. 11.9 (Rev. CoP18) on
Conservation of and trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles; and

b) report to the 73rd meeting of the Standing Committee on its implementation of Resolution Conf. 11.9 (Rev. CoP18), including in its report, information on any seizures, arrests, prosecutions and convictions secured as a result of activities implemented to address illegal trade in tortoises from Madagascar.

18.287

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall review the report from Madagascar in accordance with Decision 18.286, and any recommendations from the Secretariat, and consider if any further measures need to be implemented by Madagascar to address illegal trade in tortoises as it affects the Party.

18.288

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to available funding, contract consultants to develop, in collaboration with relevant Parties, experts and the International 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.

18.289

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, to build upon the outcomes of the CITES Tortoise and Freshwater Turtles Task Force and support the initiation of targeted investigations and enforcement action, work with INTERPOL to put in place arrangements for the convening of an INTERPOL Regional Investigative and Analytical Case Management (RIACM) meeting.

18.290

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall report at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the implementation of Decisions 18.288 and 18.289.

18.291

Decision directed to: Animals Committee

The Animals Committee shall review the guide on categories of turtle parts and derivatives in trade, developed in accordance with Decision 18.288 and make recommendations for consideration by the Secretariat.