CITES 'Non-detriment findings' - Guidance on NDFs from the Conference of the Parties (CoP)

Case study / Title Country Year Report(s)
9-Steps-NDF-Guidance for Timber - Version 3.0 9-Steps-NDF-Guidance-for-Timber.pdf
9-Steps-NDF-Guidance for Timber - Version 3.0 - Portuguese CITES_Port_NDF_Guidance_for_Trees_VS3_Worksheets.xlsx , CITES_Port_NDF_Guidance_for_Trees_VS3.pdf
Aquilaria malaccensis Proposed guidance - CITES
Swietenia macrophylla Borrador de la "Guía informativa para el manejo y aprovechamiento sustentable de caoba en el marco de las disposiciones de la CITES"
Prunus africana Equatorial Guinea Case Study CS8: Evaluation of the Harvest of Prunus africana Bark on Bioko (Equatorial Guinea)
CITES Non-detriment Findings Guidance for Perennial Plants.- The nine-step process - Version 3.0 English , English - Worksheet , French , French - Worksheet , Spanish , Spanish - Worksheet , Chinese , Chinese - Worksheet , Georgian , Georgian - Worksheet
Serpentes CONSERVATION, SUSTAINABLE USE OF AND TRADE IN SNAKES
Gonystylus bancanus Indonesia Technical Report
Gonystylus bancanus Indonesia Executive Summary
Gonystylus bancanus Indonesia Technical guideline
Gonystylus bancanus Indonesia Report
Gonystylus bancanus United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Presentation
Gonystylus bancanus Indonesia Report-publication
Swietenia macrophylla E-PC24-Inf-03v1.pdf
International Expert Workshop on CITES NDF, Tree Working Group Guidelines Mexico Tree Working Group Guidelines
Non-Detriment Findings and Trade Management for Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles - a guide for CITES Scientific and Management Authorities Non-Detriment Findings and Trade Management for Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles - a guide for CITES Scientific and Management Authorities
Pericopsis elata United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Report
Crocodylus moreletii Protocolo de rancheo para el cocodrilo de pantano (crocodylus moreletii) en México
Crocodylus moreletii Ranching protocol for morelet’s crocodile (crocodylus moreletii)
Silky Shark (Carchinus falciformis) Indonesia Document of NDF for Silky Shark in Indonesia.pdf
Swietenia macrophylla United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Report

In 1992, the CoP adopted Resolution Conf. 8.6 on the Role of the Scientific Authority which arose initially from a document by the United States of America discussed at the fifth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (Vancouver, August 1991). This Resolution recommended, inter alia, that the findings and advice of the Scientific Authority of the country of export be based on the following elements relating to the species concerned:

– population status;

– distribution;

– population trend;

– harvest;

– other biological and ecological factors; and

– trade information.

Furthermore, it directed the Secretariat:

a) in consultation with appropriate experts, to prepare general guidelines for conducting appropriate scientific reviews by Scientific Authorities to make findings as required in Articles III, IV and V of the Convention;

b) to provide these guidelines to the Animals Committee and Plants Committee for review; and

c) to coordinate regional workshops on the conduct of Scientific Authorities.

In pursuit of this directive by the CoP, the Secretariat issued a questionnaire on 18 May 1995 with Notification to the Parties No. 863 to study in detail how the Scientific Authorities of Parties were organized. As explained by the Secretariat at the 13th meeting of the Animals Committee (Pruhonice, September 1996), responses to the questionnaire did not make it evident that guidelines were required, though the need for training was often expressed. The Secretariat suggested that it could compile information from training seminars to be used as guidelines for Scientific Authorities.

At CoP10 (Harare, 1997), Resolution Conf. 8.6 (Rev.) was replaced by Resolution Conf. 10.3 on Designation and role of the Scientific Authorities. With this change, the directive to prepare general guidelines for conducting appropriate scientific reviews by Scientific Authorities was replaced by an encouragement to the Parties, the Secretariat and interested non-governmental organizations to develop and support workshops and seminars designed specifically to improve the implementation of CITES by Scientific Authorities. In response, IUCN led a workshop in October 1998 and another in October 1999, the second under contract from the Secretariat. These resulted in a report: CITES Scientific Authorities’ Checklist to assist in making Non-detriment Findings for Appendix II Exports. The report was made available at CoP11 (Gigiri, 2000) as document Inf. 11.3 and was subsequently been published by IUCN (Rosser and Haywood, 2002). The Checklist helps identify the factors that need to be taken into account when making an NDF and assists Scientific Authorities in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the information at their disposal. Also at CoP10, the Parties approved the general outline of a series of workshops for Scientific Authorities to test and promulgate the Checklist. Since then, the Secretariat has organized over 15 workshops at which the Checklist has been used as a training tool for Scientific Authorities. These have involved representatives from well over 100 Parties in all parts of the world.