Parties

Queen conch (Strombus gigas)

Queen conch (Strombus gigas)

The range States of Strombus gigas shall:
a) following the endorsement of the Regional Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan by all range States, collaborate to implement the Regional Plan, and develop national Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plans as appropriate;
b) organize national level consultations to discuss the Regional Queen Conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan, build awareness, increase buy-in of all stakeholders for implementing the measures, and contribute to future national, subregional and regional compliance;
c) continue to collect data on weight of S. gigas by processing grade in order to update and improve the agreed regional conversion factors, and develop additional national conversion factors, taking into account the spatial variability and characteristics of the species;
d) continue to collaborate in exploring ways to enhance the traceability of specimens of S. gigas in international trade, including, but not limited to, catch certificates, labelling systems and the application of genetic techniques, and consider sharing relevant experiences with the Secretariat, Parties and the Standing Committee, as appropriate, in the context of discussions on traceability systems for trade in CITES-listed species;
e) collaborate in developing and implementing joint research programmes at subregional or regional level to support the making of non-detriment findings, and promote relevant research and capacity building activities through regional fisheries management bodies;
f) promote and collaborate in developing and implementing public education and awareness programmes regarding the conservation and sustainable use of S.gigas; and
g) provide information to the Secretariat on the implementation of this decision to allow it to report at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in accordance with Decision 17.290 and, as appropriate, report to the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission on the implementation of the regional plan or national plans.

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.)

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.

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.

Black Sea bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus ponticus)

Black Sea bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus ponticus)

Parties are encouraged to:
a) use genetic analysis to confirm the subspecies of the specimen of Tursiops truncatus and its origin prior to the issuance of an export permit;
b) establish, on a national or regional basis, repositories where relevant genetic identification data are stored and to make these accessible on-line; and
c) report to the Animals Committee on exports of Tursiops truncatus ponticus and their origins.

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).

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.

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.)

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.

Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)

Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)

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.

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