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Identification (timber)

Identification (timber)

The Secretariat shall, subject to external funding, in cooperation withthe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), theInternational Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)and other relevant stakeholders, support the implementation of Decisions 17.166-168.

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.

Identification materials

Identification materials

Subject to the availability of funds, the Secretariat is directed to:
a) continue compiling information on available identification and guidance materials, and make them available on the CITES Virtual College;
b) support the development of databases and other means to make the identification materials available in a user-friendly manner;
c) continue to explore means to improve and promote the accuracy and availability of identification materials on CITES-listed species, including the development of and identifying financial resources to fund projects or programmes, such as the project proposal on Improvements to the CITES identification materials: Options to promote accuracy and availability of identification material to the Parties to CITES, prepared by theUnited Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), as well as the addition of functions and technologies to the Wiki Identification Manual on the CITES website.

Electronic systems and information technologies

Electronic systems and information technologies

The Secretariat shall, subject to the availability of external funding:
a) publish on the CITES website the results of planned and ongoing projects undertaken by Parties related to the use of electronic systems and information technologies in improving the management of CITES trade, and the lessons learned, as submitted by Parties;
b) communicate with national lead ministries responsible for the development of Single Window environments, to raise awareness of CITES and to ascertain the availability of financial support to assist CITES Management Authorities to develop CITES e-permitting systems; and
c) provide capacity-building and advisory services to support Parties interested in implementing electronic solutions for the management of CITES permits and certificates.

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.

Traceability

Traceability

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

Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)

Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)

Subject to availability of external resources and in consultation with relevant organizations [i.e. the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), etc.] as well as the range State, the Secretariat shall commission a report, to be submitted to the Standing Committee, on the current status of totoaba and vaquita, and ongoing conservation efforts, information on illegal trade and markets, and recommendations to guarantee the recovery of totoaba and vaquita and combat illegal trade.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Secretariat shall report to the 69th meeting of the Standing Committee on its mission to Mozambique, paying particular attention to both the rate of successful or unsuccessful prosecutions, convictions and penalties, the reasons for these successes and failures and priority actions needed to address these, and to the status and security of Mozambique’s stockpiles and the strength of its stockpile management system; that report should include any recommendations for the consideration of the Standing Committee.

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)

The Secretariat shall conduct a mission to meet with the Mozambique Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, including the CITES Management Authority, as well as law enforcement and justice sector agencies that are mandated to enforce illegal wildlife trade and the implementation of CITES and related national legislation. This mission shall focus on implementation of Mozambique’s National Ivory and Rhino Action Plan, in particular to assist Mozambique with the priority actions identified in the recommendations agreed at the 67th meeting of Standing Committee.

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