Parties

Annotations

Annotations

At its 18th meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall review the report submitted by the Standing Committee on the outcomes of the work undertaken by its working group on annotations called for in Decision 16.162 (Rev. CoP17) and evaluate the need for continuing such a working group.

Nomenclature (Cactaceae checklist)

Nomenclature (Cactaceae checklist)

The Parties shall inform the Secretariat of their experiences of using the CITES Cactaceae Checklist (3rd edition) and of any issues that may arise as they apply the list.

Nomenclature (Identification of CITES-listed corals in trade)

Nomenclature (Identification of CITES-listed corals in trade)

The Parties shall undertake an internal assessment of the WoRMS database with regard to consistency with their own internal coral nomenclature databases, and report their findings to the Secretariat for communication to the Animals Committee.

Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)

The Parties shall:
a) take steps to strengthen implementation and enforcement of the Convention for tortoises and freshwater and terrestrial turtles, especially the recommendations of the Standing Committee under Decision 17.298 a) and b); and
b) report to 70th and 71st meetings of the Standing Committee, through the Secretariat, on steps taken to implement the Committee’s recommendations, under Decision 17.298 a) and b).

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Parties should eliminate the important illegal and unreported trade in specimens, whether live or parts and derivatives, of CITES-listed snake species by:
a) ensuring that CITES permits and certificates are properly issued for trade in these specimens;
b) including information on trade in these specimens in their CITES annual reports;
c) ensuring that their annual reports are following the most recent version of the Guidelines for the preparation and submission of CITES annual reports, in compliance with Resolution Conf. 11.17 (Rev. CoP17) on National reports;
d) examining their enforcement efforts regarding trade in these specimens to ensure that adequate steps are taken to deter and detect illegal and unreported trade;
e) undertaking education and outreach activities directed towards snake farms, buyers and sellers of live snakes, parts and derivatives, product manufacturers, shippers, brokers and staff from government agencies involved in controlling and monitoring this trade to ensure that snake specimens are traded in compliance with national laws and CITES provisions; and
f) in the case of Parties in Asia, reporting on their efforts in all of these areas to the Secretariat in time for its reporting at the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee.

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Parties are invited to consider undertaking the following actions:
a) range States, importing countries, and other Parties to conduct more detailed assessments of those species indicated in Table 1 of document AC28 Doc. 14.3, for which available information suggests that international trade is “likely to be a threat” (four species) or “may be a threat” (29 species);
b) range States:
i) to submit listing proposals for the four species categorized as “likely to be threatened by trade” and for the three species categorized as “may be threatened by trade” and have an IUCN status (CR, EN, VU), including: Euprepiophis perlacea, Enhydris longicauda, and Cryptelytrops rubeus; and
ii) to consider including the remaining species categorized as “may be threatened by trade” in the Appendices;
c) range States of Popeia buniana (Malaysia), Popeia nebularis (Malaysia), Cryptelytrops kanburiensis (Thailand and probably Myanmar) and Orthriophis moellendorfi (China and Viet Nam):
i) to assess whether existing legislation, protected areas and current levels of trade are compatible with the conservation of these species in the wild; and
ii) to evaluate the possible listing of these species under CITES (including Appendix III);
d) Parties and range States:
i) to compile more information on the exploitation levels (i.e. direct harvest and as by-catch) of freshwater and marine aquatic snakes subject to high volumes of international trade, including all species of Elapidae (Hydrophis spp., Kerilia spp., Lapemis spp., Laticauda spp., Thalassophina spp.) and Homalopsidae (Enhydris spp., Erpeton spp., Homalopsis spp.) indicated in Table 1 of document AC28 Doc. 14.3; and
ii) to evaluate the possible listing of these species under CITES (including Appendix III);
e) exporting countries and other Parties to put in place precautionary management measures, such as establishing closed areas or seasons, daily seasonal catch quotas, restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear or imposing size-limits, and improved domestic monitoring and reporting mechanisms for aquatic (freshwater and marine) snakes, including all Elapidae and Homalopsidae species indicated in Table 1 of document AC28 Doc. 14.3; and
f) Parties to encourage research to improve the understanding of the ecology, biology and conservation of Asian snakes, inter alia through supporting relevant scientific institutions and promoting additional field studies.

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Directed to Benin, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia and Togo 
Benin, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia and Togo are encouraged to undertake the following actions:
a) Honduras: to ensure that measures are in place to address poaching of, and illegal trade in, the Cayos Cochinos boa constrictor (Boa constrictor imperator);
b) Benin: to implement the following measures for the Ball python (Python regius):
i) design and implement a management programme for the species;
ii) make non-detriment findings based on studies of the species, basic demographics, harvest and trade in the species; and
iii) strengthen national regulations relating to trade control and monitoring, including stricter control policies for production systems.
c) Benin, Ghana and Togo: to implement the following measures for the Calabar ground boa (Calabaria reinhardtii):
i) make non-detriment findings based on studies of the species, basic demographics, harvest and trade in the species; and
ii) improve systems to monitor harvest, captive breeding, and trade in the species;
d) Indonesia: to improve enforcement of existing laws and take into account the recommendations provided in the document to more effectively regulate the collection of and trade in the populations of the wild green tree python (Morelia viridis) and the Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni); and
e) Benin, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia and Togo: to report to the Secretariat on the implementation of actions directed to them in this Decision, for transmission to, and review by the Animals Committee at one of its meetings between the 17th meeting and the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and subsequent reporting by the Animals Committee to the Standing Committee.

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Snakes (Serpentes spp.)

Directed to Southeast Asian Parties engaged in the snake trade 
Southeast Asian Parties engaged in the snake trade are recommended to:
a) verify the origin of specimens traded between countries in the region; and
b) ensure the appropriate use of source codes.

Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)

Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)

Directed to saiga antelope range States, Parties, multilateral environmental agreements, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders
Saiga antelope range States, Parties, multilateral environmental agreements, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders are encouraged to collaborate in the conservation and restoration of the saiga antelope (Saiga spp.), and to support the implementation of the MTIWP (2016-2020) and Decisions 17.267 to 17.270.

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Directed to Parties with Asian big cat captive facilities
All Parties in whose territory there are facilities keeping Asian big cats in captivity are requested to:
a) review national management practices and controls that are in place for such facilities, to ensure that these management practices and controls are adequate to prevent Asian big cat specimens from entering illegal trade from or through such facilities;
b) ensure strict application of all management practices and controls implemented to regulate the activities of facilities that keep Asian big cats in captivity, including with regard to the disposal of specimens from Asian big cats that die in captivity; and
c) report to the Secretariat on progress with regard to the implementation of this Decision.

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