Institutional Arrangements

As mandated at CoP11, the implementation of MIKE is the responsibility of the Standing Committee, who has in turn set up a sub- committee, known as the MIKE-ETIS Subgroup, to carry out that responsibility. The CITES Secretariat is charged with hiring appropriate experts to provide technical support. This it has done by establishing a MIKE Central Coordinating Unit (MIKE CCU) which is currently located at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The African region is divided into four sub-regions (west, central, southern and east) and the Asian region into two (south and southeast). Each of these sub-regions has its MIKE implementation supervised by a Steering Committee (usually consisting of the national wildlife directors) and facilitated by a sub-regional support officer. Each range State has a national officer and site officers as the core staff for implementing MIKE in their respective territories.

In addition, there is a MIKE-ETIS Technical Advisory Group (TAG). This group comprises one expert from each sub-region and, to date, six nominated specialists. The principal role of the TAG is to guide the technical quality of MIKE processes, techniques and analytical outputs. The TAG also acts as a peer review group and any challenge on the results of the analyses may be referred to them.

This structure is illustrated in the diagrams below.


MIKE Overall Organization Chart (for Africa)

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MIKE sub-regional organization chart (example of east Africa)

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