CITES orchid references

CITES orchid references

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which is the Scientific Authority for plants of the United Kingdom, has just published two new orchid references: CITES and Slipper Orchids and Volume 4 of the CITES Orchid Checklist.

Volume 4 of the CITES Orchid Checklist covers the genera Aerides, Coelogyne, Comparettia and Masdevallia. It contains a full list of accepted names, synonyms and distribution of all the species concerned. For the first time the checklist is provided on a CD-ROM that also includes Volumes 1 to 3 of the Orchid Checklists, a total of some 35 genera.

CITES and Slipper Orchids is the third in a series of CITES User’s Guides and covers the genera Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium. Highly sought after in trade, these orchids are also strictly regulated by CITES. This book outlines in a user-friendly fashion how the CITES controls apply to slipper orchids and also includes a fully illustrated PowerPoint training presentation with speaker notes on CD-ROM.

These two references are primarily intended for those working with the Convention, namely CITES Management Authorities, Scientific Authorities and enforcement agencies. However, they are also likely to be of interest to a much wider audience, especially those interested in how CITES works for this commercially important group of plants.
The Secretariat has dispatched a copy of these two books to all Parties with Notification to the Parties No. 2006/029 of 28 April 2006 and further copies may be obtained from:

Noel McGough
Conventions and Policy Section
Royal Botanic Gardens
Surrey TW9 3AB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (20) 83 32 57 22
Fax: +44 (20) 83 32 57 57
Email: [email protected]

Previous checklists compiled by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have already been adopted by the Conference of the Parties as standard nomenclature, and Parties are invited to review Volume 4 of the CITES Orchid Checklist in accordance with Resolution Conf. 12.11 (Rev. CoP13), paragraph h) under RECOMMENDS, as it will be nominated for standard reference at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, in June 2007.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, also welcome comments on these publications so that they can revise and improve future editions.