The EU has continued to support CITES-related activities over the years. At CoP16, the European Union announced a contribution of EUR 1.2 million to CITES to assist developing countries in their implementation of the new listings of sharks and manta rays in 2013-2015. The project “Strengthening capacity in developing countries for sustainable wildlife management and enhanced implementation of CITES wildlife trade regulations, with particular focus on commercially-exploited aquatic species” was officially approved in October 2013 and is being implemented in close consultation with the FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.
Other projects and activities (response to Notification 2013/023)
In May 2013, CITES Secretariat issued Notification to the Parties No. 2013/023 on Request for information on planned and ongoing capacity-building activities on CITES-listed shark species. To date, the Secretariat has received a small number of responses.
Many Parties have requested the Secretariat to make available the information received. This information will assist Parties and stakeholders in learning about current projects and initiatives and in developing new projects that build on existing initiatives. For this reason, the Secretariat has agreed to publish a summary of these submissions on the CITES sharks webpage.
The Secretariat welcomes additional information on ongoing and planned activities to be sent on a continuing basis, and it will add it to the information above.
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