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Pangolins (Manis spp.)

Pangolins (Manis spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) Liaise with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) partner agencies and regional enforcement networks, such as the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) andthe AssociationofSoutheastAsianNationsWildlifeLawEnforcementNetwork(ASEAN-WEN), and other relevant enforcement networks to convey the concerns expressed in Resolution Conf. 17.10, on Conservation of and trade in pangolins, including parts and derivatives, and to request them to take these into account when developing work programmes;
b) subject to external funding, prepare in cooperation with relevant organizations, and in consultation with range and implicated States, at least two months before the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee, a report on:
i) the national and global conservation status of African and Asian pangolin species;
ii) available information about levels of legal and illegal trade;
iii) relevant information on enforcement actions taken, including seizures, forensic analysis of seized specimens, arrests, prosecutions and judgments relating to illegal trade in pangolins as well as disposal of seized specimens;
iv) stock-piles of specimens and derivatives of pangolins and stockpile management including existing registration systems;
v) inventories of current captive pangolin populations, including breeding data and mortality rates, in zoos, rehabilitation centres and other captive facilities and new developments on captive-breeding activities; and
vi) new developments regarding specific demand management, education and awareness-raising measures concerning pangolins.

Great apes (Hominidae spp.)

Great apes (Hominidae spp.)

The Secretariat shall collaborate with the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, GRASP, and other experts, and subject to the availability of sufficient funding, finalize a report on the status of great apes and the relative impact of illegal trade and other pressures on their status, for consideration by the Standing Committee.

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

The Secretariat shall report to the Standing Committee on progress with regard to the implementation of Decisions 17.226, 17.228, 17.229 and 17.230, and on the basis of the report, formulate recommendations for consideration by the Standing Committee.

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Subject to external funding, the Secretariat shall work with ICCWC partner organizations, in particular INTERPOL, to further build upon the work already conducted through initiatives such as Operation PAWS II, by supporting key Parties affected by trafficking in Asian big cat specimens, to initiate, plan and carry out joint intelligence-driven national and transnational investigations, to disrupt and dismantle the criminal groups involved in trafficking in Asian big cat specimens.

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Subject to external funding, the Secretariat shall:
a) conduct a review of the number of facilities keeping Asian big cats in captivity in the territories of Parties and the number of Asian big cats kept in these facilities;
b) liaise with ICCWC and other partners, as appropriate, to review legal and illegal trade in Asian big cats from or through such facilities, identifying those which may be of concern; and
c) undertake a mission to those Parties in whose territories there are facilities of concern with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the operations and activities undertaken by them.

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)

Subject to external funds, the Secretariat shall, in consultation with range and consumer States, and in cooperation with partner organizations in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and, as appropriate, other experts and organizations, continue the review of implementation of Resolution Conf. 12.5 (Rev. CoP17) and associated Decisions and prepare a report in consideration of legislative and regulatory measures; national law enforcement; demand reduction, education and awareness; prevention of illegal trade in parts and derivatives from facilities for keeping Asian big cats in captivity; and management of national and privately-held stocks of parts and derivatives.

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)

Directed to the Secretariat and to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
The CITES and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Secretariats are invited to continue and expand their collaboration concerning the conservation of and trade in sharks and rays, in particular by:
a) exploring options for using the existing iSharkFin tool for the identification of dried and skinned shark fins;
b) working with the World Customs Organization to expand customs codes for shark and ray species and product categories;
c) making relevant studies and information relating to the conservation and management of CITES-listed shark species available on the CITES sharks and rays portal;
d) maintaining and improving the database of measures on conservation and management of sharks, with the aim to provide a user-friendly overview of stricter domestic measures adopted by CITES Parties for CITES-listed shark and ray species, the species that are covered in this way, the dates of these measures, and links to the measures, including:
i) Legal protection for CITES-listed shark and ray species;
ii) Zero quotas for CITES-listed shark and ray species;
iii) Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) that have agreed to protect CMS Appendix I species; and
iv) Members of RFMOs with measures that prohibit retention, landing, or trade of CITES-listed species; and
e) continuing to support the development and application of guidance and capacity building tools for making NDFs, in particular for situations where data availability is low, the fishery is mostly artisanal, sharks are caught as bycatch, or where catches concern sharks that are part of shared stocks, and, upon request, supporting Parties with targeted advice to ensure compliance with Article IV for trade in CITES Appendix-II listed sharks and rays.

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and other marine turtles (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae)

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and other marine turtles (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae)

The Secretariat shall collaborate with the Secretariat of theInter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC), the Secretariat ofthe Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), in particular itsMemorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asiaand other relevant organizations and multilateral agreements with mandates relating to the regional and global conservation, management and sustainable use of marine turtles, to:
a) subject to external funding, undertake a study on the legal and illegal international trade in marine turtles, inter alia to research its status, scope and trends, conservation impacts and management options, and to identify areas where immediate mitigation efforts may be needed;
b) encourage communication and coordination among CITES, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Ramsar Convention, Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC) and the Protocol for Specially Protected Areas and Wild Life (SPAW Protocol) and others agreements, as appropriate, to address relevant recommendations arising from the IAC study "Conservation Status of Hawksbill Turtles in the Wider Caribbean, Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Regions", published in 2014, and to ensure compatibility of activities, optimize resources and enhance synergies; and
c) report on the implementation of the present decision to the Standing Committee, as appropriate, and to the Conference of the Parties at its the 18th meeting.

Bread palms (Encephalartos spp.)

Bread palms (Encephalartos spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) subject to external funding, develop, in conjunction with relevant institutions and experts, a manual containing guidelines on best practices, protocols and operational procedures that will promote the use of wildlife forensic technology as it relates to plant material;
b) prepare a questionnaire to assist Parties in compiling information on legal and illegal trade in Encephalartos spp. specimens, drawing upon the template for species-specific reporting adopted by the Standing Committee, and make this questionnaire available to Parties through a Notification to the Parties; and
c) drawing upon the reports received from Parties in response to the Notification to the Parties mentioned in Decision 17.220 paragraph b), prepare a report on legal and illegal trade in Encephalartos spp. specimens, including recommendations, for consideration by the Standing Committee.

Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)

Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)

The Secretariat shall:
a) upon request and pending the availability of external funding, assist the range States of Asian elephants in their implementation of Decision 17.217; and
b) incorporate information provided by range States in accordance with Decision 17.217, paragraph e), together with other findings and recommendations concerning trade in live Asian elephants as appropriate, into its regular reporting to the Standing Committee on the implementation of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP17) on Trade in elephant specimens.

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