CITES Calendar

Type
Title Venue & Date Details
Technical workshop on songbird trade and conservation management Bangkok, Thailand
11 - 14 December 2023

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 18.256 (Rev. CoP19) on Songbird trade and conservation management adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider the findings of a preliminary study on the scale and scope of international songbird trade and the management and conservation priorities of songbird taxa involved in such trade, and will bring together members of the Animals and Standing Committee, representatives from range, exporting, transit and consumer States, and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

More detail available from here.

Information note for participants

Workshop documents:

Agenda (updated 8 December)

Background study:

CITES Songbird report part 1: Overview
CITES Songbird report part 2: Prioritization
Supplementary material S1: Table of priority songbirds
Summary of responses to Notification to the Parties No. 2023/103

Information documents:

Inf.1: Illegal songbird trade and captive breeding of songbirds in Europe
Inf.2: Deletion of birds from CITES Appendix III changed global trade reports and dynamics

Songbirds in Trade Database (SiTDB):

Inf.3: Songbirds in Trade Database (SiTDB)
Juergens et al (2021). A standardized dataset for conservation prioritization of songbirds to support CITES
Database file
Metadata file
Synonyms HBI

The Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative:

Inf.4: The Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative
Songbird SKI Summary report
Annex 1: Songbird SKI
Annex 2: Essays on live songbird trade and ex-situ conservation

Americas Songbird crisis:

Brazil
Canada
Cuba
France
Guyana
Latin America
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago (file 1 of 2)
Trinidad and Tobago (file 2 of 2)
United States of America
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Asian Songbird crisis:

TRAFFIC report (2017): Caged in the City 
Lees and Yuda (2022). The Asian songbird crisis
TRAFFIC Southeast Asia report (2004): pet trade in Medan, Sumatra
USAID-BIJAK (2020): Songbird Demand Reduction and Behaviour Change in Indonesia
TRAFFIC Bulletin Vol. 29 No.1 (2017): Second South-east Asian Songbird Crisis Summit
Lee et al. (2016). Conservation strategy for Southeast Asian songbirds in trade
Shukhova et al. (2021). The IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group. A brief report on its first four years: 2017-2020.

Other resources:

Mirin and Klinck (2021). Bird singing contests: Looking back on thirty years of research on a global conservation concern
World Parrot Trust (in review). Using customs data to understand overlooked trade in non-CITES birds between Africa and Asia
USFWS Species Conservation Catalyst Fund on Songbird Trade (external link)

PRESENTATIONS

Day 1

Morning

BirdLife International Global Assessment of Songbirds in Trade

Afternoon

IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group (ASTSG)
Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative
EAZA Studies on Delisting and EU Trade
TRAFFIC Songbird Trade Observation and Seizures in South-east Asia
World Parrot Trust: Trade in Live Birds from Africa

Day 2: Parties' perspectives and experiences

1. Suriname
2. Cuba
3. United States of America
4. Thailand
5. Morocco
6. Senegal
7. Switzerland
8. New Zealand (including wider Oceania)

Additional information:

Criteria for species listings in the CITES Appendices

Observations and DRAFT recommendations (revised)

Workshop on Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) Closed event, Nairobi, Kenya
04 - 08 December 2023

Global meeting for CITES Parties and qualified observers to develop NDF guidance.

 

Practical information related to travel and stay (Rev. 3)

Provisional participants list (Rev. 2)

Procedural documents

Background and progress presentations

NDF draft guidance

NDF case studies:

Birds: Cockatoo NDF case study

Terrestrial invertebrates:

Timber-producing trees: short case studies

Reptiles:

Online workshop on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.) - (Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania) Online,
30 November - 01 December 2023

In accordance with Decision 19.197 on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.), the Secretariat is preparing two online interdisciplinary workshops for CITES Authorities and other relevant authorities and stakeholders about amphibian species in international trade.

This is the second of two workshops, both of which will cover the same issues. The geographical focus of this second workshop encompasses Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The working language is English.

This workshop consists of two three-hour sessions per day, scheduled at 12:00-15:00 CET (Central European Time) on 30 November and 1 December 2023.

Link for more details (External or internal event page)
https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notifications/E-Notif-2023-121.pdf

 

Workshop documents:

Additional resources:

Non-detriment findings draft guidance:

Presentations:

Online workshop on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.) - (North America, Central and South America and the Caribbean) Online closed meeting,
27 - 28 November 2023

In accordance with Decision 19.197 on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.), the Secretariat is preparing two online interdisciplinary workshops for CITES Authorities and other relevant authorities and stakeholders about amphibian species in international trade.

This is the first of two workshops, both of which will cover the same issues. The geographical focus of this first workshop encompasses North America, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Working languages are English and Spanish, and interpretation will be provided.

This workshop consists of two three-hour sessions per day, scheduled at 14:00-17:00 CET (Central European Time) on 27 and 28 November 2023.

Link for more details (External or internal event page)
https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notifications/E-Notif-2023-121.pdf
 

Workshop documents:

Additional resources:

Non-detriment findings draft guidance:

Presentations:

Seventy-seventh meeting of the Standing Committee Geneva, Switzerland
06 - 10 November 2023

Agenda and documents - (Download all files here)
In-session documents
- Information documents
- Executive summaries
- List of participants
- SC77 video recording 📺
- SC77 photos 📷
- IISD/ENB coverage of the meeting
- Summary record

CITES Asian Regional Training Seminar on Demand Reduction Strategies to Combat Illegal Trade in CITES-listed Species Singapore
10 - 11 October 2023

This training seminar is organized in accordance with Decision 19.55 on Demand reduction to combat illegal trade adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The seminar aims to build capacity for CITES Parties in the Asian region and their partners in the use of the Guidance for CITES Parties to Develop and Implement Demand Reduction Strategies to Combat Illegal Trade in CITES‐listed Species, including the identification of priority species for pilot projects in each country, and to facilitate exchanges of experiences among Asian Parties and identify key partners within the country around the design and implementation of demand reduction strategies.

See the agenda.

CITES-ESCAP regional workshop on electronic CITES permitting systems in Asia (Hybrid) Bangkok, Thailand
17 - 18 July 2023

The objective of electronic CITES or eCITES permitting systems is to improve the implementation of the Convention by using modern Information and Communication Technologies to simplify compliant trade and to combat illegal trade. Implementation of these systems should not be considered as only implementing an ICT system. Rather, taking the opportunity to implement such systems, the Parties will be able to review the procedures for application, issuance, control and exchange of permit information. 

Interest for implementing the eCITES systems is gradually increasing across the CITES Parties. The objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of the representatives of CITES Management Authorities and other relevant agencies that are planning or interested in developing electronic CITES permitting systems or exchange electronic permit information. The workshop will deliberate on various guidance and tools available and discuss relevant issues that are considered challenging and need attention.

The workshop will be organized in a hybrid format. For online participation, please register here. Connection details will be shared upon registration. In-person attendees do not need to register online.

For practical information, see information note.

Programme Schedule        Workshop Presentations

CITES-ESCAP eCITES Bangkok Workshop (hybrid) - poster

Thirty-second meeting of the Animals Committee Geneva, Switzerland
19 - 23 June 2023
Twenty-sixth meeting of the Plants Committee Geneva, Switzerland
05 - 09 June 2023
CITES Big Cats Task Force meeting. Entebbe, Uganda
24 - 29 April 2023

The Task Force meeting is convened in accordance with Decision 19.92 on the CITES Big Cats Task Force, adopted at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19, Panama, 2022).