Appropriate and acceptable destinations

The term ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’ appears in annotations regarding the Appendix II listed populations of the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) of Eswatini and South Africa and of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) of Botswana and Zimbabwe.

At its 18th meeting (CoP18, Geneva, August 2019), the Conference of the Parties agreed in Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP18) on Definition of the term ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’ that, where the term ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’ appears in an annotation to the listing of a species in Appendix II of the Convention with reference to the trade in all live animals, this term shall be defined to mean destinations where the Management and Scientific Authority of the State of import is satisfied that the proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it sustainably, and that the Management and Scientific Authorities of the State of import and the State of export are satisfied that the trade would promote in situ conservation.

The CoP further agreed in the same resolution that where the term appears in an annotation to the listing of Loxodonta africana in Appendix II of the Convention with reference to the trade in live elephants taken from the wild, the term shall be defined to mean “in situ conservation programmes or secure areas in the wild, within the species’ natural and historical range in Africa, except in exceptional circumstances where, in consultation with the Animals Committee, through its Chair with the support of the Secretariat, and in consultation with the IUCN elephant specialist group, it is considered that a transfer to ex-situ locations will provide demonstrable in-situ conservation benefits for African elephants, or in the case of temporary transfers in emergency situations”.

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To-date, the Secretariat has received a single request from the Management Authority of an importing Party seeking advice in line with paragraph 1 of the Resolution. The Secretariat made the information provided by the Party available to the members of the Animals Committee and the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group and asked them to provide their advice on whether this transfer is an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and if so, to determine the in situ conservation benefits of the transaction. The responses to the consultation from the Animals Committee and the African Elephant Specialist Group were made available to the Management Authority of the importing Party for its consideration, as reported in document AC31 Doc. 18.1.

Guidance for suitably housing and caring for living specimens

Article III of the Convention requires that recipients of living specimens of CITES Appendix-I species are suitably equipped to house and care for these specimens.

In order to assist Parties in undertaking the obligations of Article III, paragraphs 3 b) and 5 b) of the Convention and paragraph 2 a) of Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP18), CoP18 adopted Non-binding guidance for determining whether a proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it.

Decision 18.152 directs the Secretariat to create and maintain a dedicated webpage to make this guidance available and to compile other 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.

Provisions of the Convention

Resolutions/Decisions

Notifications

Notification 2019/070 - Non-binding guidance for determining whether a proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it

This Notification also called on Parties, organizations and other relevant stakeholders to submit any 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. A compilation of the responses is available here.

Relevant documents

General Guidance

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