Plants Committee

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

The Plants Committee shall monitor the implementation of Resolution Conf. 16.10 on Implementation of the Convention for agarwood-producing taxa to assess any potential conservation impacts to the long-term survival of agarwood-producing species and possible problems arising from the implementation, and shall report on these issues at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)

Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)

The Plants Committee shall:
a) review and assess reports from Madagascar on its implementation of Decisions 17.204 paragraphs a) to d), and from the Secretariat on the implementation of Decision 17.208, and provide recommendations to Madagascar and the Standing Committee and other bodies as appropriate;
b) continue supporting the preparation of a standard reference for the names of species of the genera Diospyros and Dalbergia occurring in Madagascar, to be adopted, if appropriate, at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; and
c) assist Madagascar in the identification of technical resources in support of the implementation of Decisions 17.204 paragraphs a) to d), and if needed, make recommendations to Madagascar, Standing Committee and other relevant organizations.

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)

The Plants Committee will consider the report of the Secretariat submitted in accordance with Decision 17.198 and report accordingly to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

The Plants Committee shall review current production systems for artificial propagation and cultivation of non-tree-plant taxa listed in the Appendices and assess the applicability and utility of the current definitions of ‘artificial propagation’ and ‘under controlled conditions’ in Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP17).

Identification (timber)

Identification (timber)

The Plants Committee shall update the Standing Committee on progress made on the implementation of Decisions 17.166-167 at the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee; and will report its findings and recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its 18th meeting.

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

The Plants Committee, following the review under Decision 17.175, shall consider if Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP17) and other relevant Resolutions need to be revised, and as appropriate, propose such amendments for consideration to the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee.

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’

The Plants Committee shall consider the current production systems of tree species, including mixed and monospecific plantations, and assess the applicability of the current definitions of artificial propagation in Resolution Conf. 10.13 (Rev. CoP15) on Implementation of the Convention for timber species and Resolution Conf. 11.11 (Rev. CoP17) on Regulation of trade in plants respectively, and report back at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Identification (timber)

Identification (timber)

With respect to CITES-listed tree species, the Plants Committee shall, at its 23rd and 24th meetings:
Concerning standard nomenclature:
a) prioritize taxa for the adoption of new or updated standard nomenclature references, in particular where nomenclature poses a barrier to identification of CITES-listed trees in trade;
b) identify the research needs and resource requirements for the production of standard nomenclature references for priority taxa;
Concerning wood and other material as reference samples for identification purposes, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and building on information on existing initiatives previously made available to Parties:
a) determine, for all CITES-listed tree species, the locations and availability of existing reference samples or collections, and identify priorities in addressing gaps;
b) encourage interested Parties to identify, collect and curate reference samples, and facilitate exchange to make them available, as appropriate, to research institutions, law enforcement agencies, and other authorities concerned;
c) identify and compile information on best practices for the collection and curation of reference samples, identifying gaps where they exist; and
d) consider how best to assist and strengthen capacities for forensic work on identification of CITES-listed tree species in trade.

Review of Significant Trade

Review of Significant Trade

The Animals and Plants Committee, with the assistance of the Secretariat, shall explore potential benefits and disadvantages of country-wide significant trade reviews, drawing upon the lessons learned, outcomes and impacts of the country-wide Review of Significant Trade of Madagascar as relevant.

Intergovernmental sciencepolicy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Intergovernmental sciencepolicy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The Chairs of the Animals and Plants Committees shall:
a) assist the Standing Committee with the implementation of Decision 16.14 (Rev. CoP17);
b) subject to external funds, participate as observers in the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and thereby reinforce linkages between the MEP and the CITES scientific committees; and
c) report regularly to the Standing Committee on their activities under paragraph a) above.

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