CITES national ivory action plans (NIAPs) are a practical tool that is being used by the Convention in a number of its member States, identified as 'Category A Parties' *, 'Category B Parties' ** and 'Category C Parties' ***, to strengthen their controls of the trade in ivory and ivory markets, and help combat the illegal trade in ivory. These NIAPs are developed in compliance with recommendations made by the CITES Standing Committee.
Each plan outlines the urgent measures that a CITES Party commits to deliver – including legislative, enforcement and public awareness actions as required – along with specified time frames and milestones for implementation.
Resolutions / Decisions
Reports by the CITES Secretariat
Category B Parties *
- China*** and Hong Kong SAR
- United Republic of Tanzania***
Tools and Resources
Category C Parties *
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- South Africa***
- United Arab Emirates***
***Parties currently not participating in NIAP Process
CITES Standing Committee document: Status of elephant populations, levels of illegal killing and the trade in ivory: A report to the CITES Standing Committee
CITES News Item, 7 May 2018: Key countries meet to further strengthen measures to tackle ivory trafficking
CITES Press Release, 4 December 2017: World’s wildlife trade regulator focused on front-line action...
CITES Press Release, 24 October 2017: CITES: African elephant poaching down, ivory seizures up and hit record high
CITES Press Release, 4 October 2016: Largest ever World Wildlife Conference hailed as a 'game changer'
CITES Press Release, 3 March 2016: African Elephants still in decline due to high levels of poaching
CITES Press Release, 23 March 2015: Elephant poaching rates virtually unchanged in 2014. Elephant populations..
CITES News Item, 16 December 2014: CITES Secretary-General visits Thailand to discuss national ivory action..
CITES Press Release, 14 July 2014: CITES Standing Committee (SC65) conclusions: A focus on the front lines
CITES Press Release, 13 June 2014: Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling figures released today
CITES Press Release, 2 December 2013: New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth..
CITES Press Release, 16 May 2013: Eight countries submit national action plans to combat illegal trade in elephant ivory