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

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

The Secretariat shall:
a) assist Madagascar, relevant Parties, and the Standing and Plants Committees in the implementation of Decisions 17.203 to 17.207;
b) subject to available funding, assist with relevant capacity-building activities in Madagascar and transit and destination countries concerned by the trade in specimens of Diospyros spp. and Dalbergia spp. from Madagascar, including through international capacity building workshops; and
c) provide written reports on progress with the implementation of this Decision to the Plants Committee and the Standing Committee, as appropriate.

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)

The Secretariat shall report on the implementation of the decisions on humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) at the 69th or 70th meeting of the Standing Committee.

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.

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.

Traceability

Traceability

The Secretariat shall issue a Notification, requesting Parties to provide information on the development of projects related to traceability.

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.

Identification (tiger skins)

Identification (tiger skins)

The Secretariat shall:
a) issue a Notification to the Parties, to request the tiger range States to inform the Secretariat whether they have photographic identification databases for tigers, and the capacity to identify tigers from photographs of tiger skins, and if so, the contacts of the relevant National focal points or agencies; and
b) inform the Parties which tiger range states have photographic identification databases for tigers, and the capacity to identify tigers from photographs of tiger skins, and the contacts of the relevant National focal points or agencies;
c) subject to external funding, contract a qualified expert or body to assess the feasibility of establishing, to aid enforcement efforts, a central repository of photographs of wild tigers and seized tiger skins. Such feasibility study shall examine the potential hosts, costs, data management and related issues of such a repository. All tiger range States must be fully consulted as stakeholders;
d) report on the implementation of this Decision to the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee.

Identification (ivory)

Identification (ivory)

The Secretariat shall, subject to the availability of external funds, prepare a revised and updated version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes, taking into account modern forensic methods such as DNA analysis, for circulation to the Parties.

Traceability

Traceability

Subject to the availability of external funding, the Secretariat shall:
a) develop a portal on the CITES website on traceability, to make available:
i) recommendations by the working group on a definition of 'traceability’, general traceability guidelines, and other relevant information;
ii) information on new and ongoing projects, as well as existing systems, on traceability, including lessons learned;
iii) information on global organizations working on traceability standards and systems; and
iv) relevant documents, research papers and guidelines on traceability; and
b) in collaboration with the Standing Committee working group established under Decision 17.152 and UN/CEFACT, commission a report by a global organization or expert with experience in the development of standards related to traceability, to:
i) describe a possible governance model (or models) for use in CITES traceability systems;
ii) describe the CITES supply chain using Unified Modelling Language or a similar tool;
iii) identify and recommend appropriate information exchange protocols and standards for use in CITES traceability systems;
iv) describe a generic CITES traceability standard for use as a common model; and
v) report to the Standing Committee on the conclusions of the report.

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