18.135 - 18.139 Identification materials

18.135
Decision directed to:
Secretariat
The Secretariat shall:
a) continue collecting information on identification materials and share it through the CITES Website and the CITES Virtual College; and
b) subject to the availability of external funding, and with input from the joint working group called for under Decision 18.137, revise and redesign the CITES Virtual College in order to make the identification materials available in a more user-friendly manner.
18.136
Decision directed to:
Secretariat
The Secretariat shall undertake a review of Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16) on Identification Manual. It shall:

a) collect and compile information on the current state of species identification activities and needs, and assess their relevance for the review of Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16);

b) consider whether Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16) would best be revised or replaced with a new resolution on
Identification of specimens of CITES-listed species, and prepare a draft text of the revised or new resolution;

c) propose a revised resolution in consultation with the Animals and Plants Committees and the Standing Committee; and

d) report on the progress and make recommendations at the meetings of the Animals and Plants Committees, and the meeting of the Standing Committee, as appropriate.
18.137
Decision directed to:
Animals Committee, Plants Committee
The Animals and Plants Committees shall establish a joint working group on identification materials that are used by Parties to identify CITES-listed species and provide inputs to the Secretariat based on the outcomes of the following working group tasks, in consultation with the Secretariat:

a) review selected identification materials, including material compiled as per Decision 18.136 paragraph a), and assess the need for their revision and improvement, taking into account the materials that are being developed or have already been developed by Parties and materials requested in Decisions or Resolutions;

b) review Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16) on
Identification Manual, taking into account the review outlined in Decision 18.137 paragraphs a) and c), to promote accuracy and availability of identification materials;

c) consider ways to improve the accuracy and availability of identification materials on CITES-listed species; and

d) report on progress with these activities at the next meetings of the Animals and Plants Committees.
18.138
Decision directed to:
Standing Committee
The Standing Committee shall:
a) provide inputs on the draft resolution text prepared by the Secretariat and revised by the Animals and Plants Committees, to ensure that the needs for identification materials expressed by Parties and authorities responsible for wildlife law enforcement are taken into account; and
b) submit the revised draft resolution to the Conference of the Parties at its 19th meeting.
18.139
Decision directed to:
Parties
Parties are encouraged to support the efforts of the working group on identification materials by providing to the Secretariat information on available identification and guidance materials that are used by Parties, and particularly by enforcement and inspection officers, to facilitate implementation of the Convention.