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Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)

Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)

The Secretariat, subject to external funding, is requested to:
a) issue a notification that invites precious coral range States and relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, on a voluntary basis, to complete a questionnaire/survey (Annex 2 of document CoP17 Com. I. 11) to report data on their precious coral resources (black, red, and pink coral species including species within the order Antipatharia, and family Coralliidae), especially current and historical abundance, biological status, management, and any known harvest for domestic or international trade; and
b) compile range States’ and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations' data into a report for submission to the 29th meeting of the Animals Committee for its consideration.

Eels (Anguilla spp.)

Eels (Anguilla spp.)

The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding:
a) contract independent consultants to undertake a study compiling information on challenges and lessons learnt with regards to implementation of the Appendix II listing of European Eel (Anguilla anguilla) and its effectiveness. This includes in particular the making of non-detriment findings, enforcement and identification challenges, as well as illegal trade. This study should notably take account of the data compiled and advice issued by the ICES/GFCM/EIFAAC Working Group Eel;
b) contract independent consultants to undertake a study on non-CITES listed Anguilla species:
i) documenting trade levels and possible changes in trade patterns following the entry into force of the listing of the European Eel in CITES Appendix II in 2009;
ii) compiling available data and information on the biology, population status, use and trade in each species, as well as identifying gaps in such data and information, based on the latest available data and taking account inter alia of the Red List assessments by the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group; and
iii) providing recommendations for priority topics for technical workshops based on gaps and challenges identified under i)-ii);
c) make the reports from the studies above available to the 29th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC29) for their consideration; and
d) organize, where appropriate, international technical workshops, inviting cooperation with and participation by the relevant range States, trading countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group, the ICES/GFCM/EIFAAC Working Group Eel, industry and other experts appointed by Parties as appropriate. Such workshops should in particular cover the topics identified by the reports described in subparagraphs a) and b) of this Decision and could focus on challenges specific to the various eel species, such as
i) in relation to European eel, the realization of and guidance available for non-detriment findings, as well as enforcement of the Appendix II listing including identification challenges; and
ii) in relation to the other eel species, to enable a better understanding of the effects of international trade, including trade in their various life stages, and possible measures to ensure sustainable trade in such species ;
e) make any workshop report available to the 30th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC30) for their consideration; and
f) make available to the Standing Committee relevant information on illegal trade in European eels gathered from the study and the workshop report mentioned in paragraphs a) and e).

Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)

Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)

The Secretariat shall:
a) subject to external funding and in consultation with the Animals Committee, organize a study to:
i) provide an overview of molecular, DNA-based and other forensic methods that could assist in identifying the species and populations of Acipenseriformes specimens in trade, determining the origin or age of specimens, and differentiating wild from captive-bred or aquacultured specimens;
ii) review relevant developments in this area, including the availability and reliability of uniform identification systems;
iii) evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods (including practicality, costs, time-efficiency, reliability, technical requirements, etc.); and
iv) formulate relevant guidance for CITES Parties, enforcement agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders;
b) ensure consultation with Parties that authorize trade in specimens of sturgeons and paddlefish, appropriate experts, institutions and organizations, and the private sector in the conduct of the study;
c) make the results of the study available to the Animals Committee for its consideration; and
d) disseminate the recommendations formulated by the Standing Committee pursuant to Decision 16.138 (Rev. CoP17) in a Notification to the Parties.

Introduction from the sea

Introduction from the sea

The Secretariat shall report to the Standing Committee, as appropriate, on the results of the negotiations on the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Introduction from the sea

Introduction from the sea

The Secretariat shall report at the 69th or 70th meetings of the Standing Committee on the implementation of the Convention by the Parties concerned in relation to the provision on chartering arrangements provided for in Resolution Conf. 14.6 (Rev. CoP16) on Introduction from the sea.
To compile the aforementioned report, the Secretariat shall, where appropriate, approach relevant Parties bilaterally regarding their experience with the implementation of the above mentioned provisions.
The report should focus in particular on the conditions under which non-detriment findings are made and permits and certificates are issued, as well as on the relationship between chartering States and States in which the vessel is registered, in performing those tasks. It should especially assess the capacity of chartering States and the States in which the vessels are registered to control compliance with the provisions of the CITES Convention.
In that regard, the report should pay special attention to the implementation of the provisions of the Resolution pertaining to the legality of the acquisition and landing of the specimens concerned.
The report shall also include any cases where Parties have been unable to take advantage of this provision, including in situations where at least one of the States involved is not party to a relevant Regional Fisheries Management Organization or Arrangement (RFMO/A).
Between now and the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Secretariat shall further communicate with the Secretariat of the relevant RFMO/A and other relevant international organizations, in particular regarding the implementation of the relevant obligations resulting from these RFMO/As or other international organizations, and share information provided with Parties on a timely basis.

Non-detriment findings

Non-detriment findings

The Secretariat shall:
a) invite Parties to submit their experiences and the results from workshops, projects or publications related to the making of non-detriment findings for inclusion in the CITES website; and
b) ensure this information is available in other formats (e.g. CD-ROM) where appropriate.

Definition of the term 'appropriate and acceptable destinations'

Definition of the term 'appropriate and acceptable destinations'

The Secretariat shall, subject to available resources, report to the 29th meeting of the Animals Committee and the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee on the history and implementation of Resolution Conf. 11.20 (Rev. CoP17) on Definition of the term ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’, and Article III, paragraphs 3(b) and 5(b), regarding findings that recipients of living specimens of CITES Appendix-I species are suitably equipped to house and care for them.

Simplified procedure for permits and certificates

Simplified procedure for permits and certificates

The Secretariat shall issue a Notification to the Parties requesting Parties to report on their implementation of, and experiences with the simplified procedures to issue permits and certificates to facilitate and expedite trade that will have a negligible impact, or none, on the conservation of the species concerned, as agreed under Section XII of Resolution Conf. 12.3 (Rev. CoP17) on Permits and certificates, and submit a compilation of this information and its recommendations for consideration by the Standing Committee prior to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Stocks and stockpiles (elephant ivory)

Stocks and stockpiles (elephant ivory)

Where appropriate, the Secretariat shall, in collaboration with Parties and subject to external funding:
a) develop practical guidance for the management of ivory stockpiles, including their disposal, based on an analysis of best practices and in accordance with provisions in Resolutions Conf. 17.8 on Disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species and Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP17) on Trade in elephant specimens;
b) disseminate the guidance to the Parties and make it available on the CITES website; and
c) report on the implementation of this Decision as part of its regular reporting to the Standing Committee on the implementation of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP17), prior to the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

Physical inspection of timber shipments

Physical inspection of timber shipments

By the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat shall:
a) obtain information and materials from those Parties that have reported that they have developed tools and procedures for the identification and measurement of CITES-listed tree species, and the physical inspection of timber shipments;
b) publish the information on the CITES website so that it can be accessed by CITES plant inspection and enforcement authorities; and
c) incorporate this information into its capacity-building activities related to timber trade.

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