International workshop follows up CITES CoP17 decisions on tree species

Twenty-eight delegates from 15 CITES Parties participated at the International workshop on tree species in CITES, in La Antigua, Guatemala, from 7-9 February 2017.

The workshop aimed to build capacities to strengthen the implementation of CITES for listed tree species; to highlight the importance of CITES for regulating international trade in products of CITES-listed tree species; to strengthen CITES implementation in a framework of international cooperation, thus ensuring that trade in products of tree species is legal, sustainable and traceable.

The workshop considered the Resolutions, Decisions and new tree listings and other amendments to the Appendices adopted at CITES CoP17. It encouraged coordination between Parties with common issues and formulated recommendations that will feed into the work to be carried out on CITES-listed tree species during the intersessional period between the CoP17 and the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18, 2019, Sri Lanka).

The workshop was supported by the CITES Secretariat with the generous financial support of the European Union through the European Commission. It was organized by the Guatemalan Foundation Nature for Life (FNPV) with the support of ITTO.

Discussions focused on CITES and listed tree species, Non-detriment findings (levels of sustainability of the harvest operation), implications of listing a species in CITES, available resources for international cooperation, the join work between CITES and ITTO, and market trends of timber products .

Some of the main taxa of interest were Dalbergia, Pterocarpus, Guibourtia, Adansonia, Bulnesia, Aquilaria and Gyrinops. Agreed key priority areas for future work were timber identification, revision of current annotations that accompany the listing of tree species, supporting Parties for developing and strengthening traceability systems, and revising some Resolutions to strengthen the guidance provided on how to implement CITES for tree listed species.

The full report of the workshop will be posted on the ITTO–CITES Programmewebsite (http://www.itto.int/cites_programme/)