NIAP development and implementation support

To support Parties in the effective implementation of NIAPs, the Secretariat has actively engaged across the UN system, with its International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) partners, and with other potential on-ground implementation partners to encourage the provision of resources and technical assistance for NIAP implementation. In response, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) indicated that it could offer potential support to a number of NIAP Parties where it has thematically-aligned in-country projects, including GEF-6 projects.

The Secretariat is also an advisory member of the Project Steering Committee of the GEF-6 Global Wildlife Program coordinated by the World Bank, and is using this opportunity to encourage the alignment of national projects to CITES priorities, including the implementation of NIAPs as appropriate. The alignment of CITES priorities to the outcome areas and national projects of the Global Wildlife Program is provided in a summary.

In November 2015, TRAFFIC with the support of the CITES Secretariat convened a regional workshop on NIAP implementation for Central Africa. Six Parties, including the NIAP Parties of Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon, participated in the workshop to share experiences in implementing NIAPs, including the progress made and major challenges being faced. The workshop resulted in a menu of priority actions to enhance the implementation of NIAPs in Central Africa, including through regional collaboration. The workshop was made possible through the Wildlife TRAPS (Trafficking Response, Assessment and Priority Setting) Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented by TRAFFIC and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with co-support from Germany. 

Hands on support was provided to NIAP Parties in Africa and Asia through consultants appointed by the Secretariat. The support provided by the Secretariat’s consultants included the provision of an enforcement capacity self-assessment template and guidance on completing the template, the preparation of a report on national enforcement capacity based on the results of the self-assessment, the provision of a NIAP reporting template and support with the completion of the template, and ongoing advice and assistance upon request to progress the development of adequate NIAPs, including detailed commenting upon draft NIAPs. The Secretariat’s consultants conducted missions to Angola, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Mozambique to provide support to Parties in the development of their NIAPs. The Secretariat would like to thank the European Union for the generous provision of funds that enabled the Secretariat to appoint a part-time NIAP consultant in Africa and a part-time NIAP consultant in Asia to support Parties of ‘secondary concern’ and ‘importance to watch’ to develop NIAPs. 

Further support was possible through the provision of additional resources from the United States of America that allowed for the Secretariat to appoint a full-time consultant as a NIAP Support Officer based at the Secretariat’s offices in Geneva. The Secretariat would like to thank the United States for its contribution to support the effective coordination of the NIAP process.

Since SC65, the Secretariat has conducted missions to Angola, Malaysia, Mozambique and Thailand to support and discuss the development and implementation of NIAPs, in addition to the missions conducted by the consultants.