African lion (Panthera leo) 17.241

Subject to external funding, the Secretariat shall, in collaboration with African lion range States, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
a) investigate possible mechanisms to develop and support the implementation of joint lion conservation plans and strategies, taking into consideration existing lion conservation plans and strategies;
b) develop an inventory of African lion populations across its range, taking due consideration of existing inventories developed by African lion range States;
c) support the development of relevant databases by African lion range States;
d) develop strategies to reinforce international cooperation on the management of lions;
e) undertake studies on legal and illegal trade in lions, including lion bones and other parts and derivatives, to ascertain the origin and smuggling routes, in collaboration with TRAFFIC and/or other relevant organisations;
f) undertake a comparative study of lion population trends and conservation and management practices, such as lion hunting, within and between countries, including the role, if any, of international trade;
g) support capacity-building in lion conservation and management, including where appropriate the making of non-detriment findings where a range State requests it;
h) support public awareness raising as well as education programmes in African lion range States, in order to support co-existence between humans and lions and to promote measures for the conservation and recovery of African lion populations;
i) promote fundraising, as part of its overall fundraising initiatives, to support the effective implementation of conservation and management plans and strategies for African lion and for a CITES Task Force on African lions;
j) create a portal on the CITES website to permit, amongst other things, the posting and sharing of information and voluntary guidance on the making of non-detriment findings for African lion; and
k) report on the progress relating to paragraph a) – j) to the 29th and 30th Animals Committee meetings.


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Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

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