CITES Calendar

Type
Titre Venue & Date Détails
Thirty-third meeting of the Animals Committee Geneva, Switzerland
12 - 19 juillet 2024
Twenty-seventh meeting of the Plants Committee Geneva, Switzerland
08 - 12 juillet 2024
Non-detriment findings for specimens of Appendix-II species taken from areas beyond national jurisdiction Geneva, Switzerland
25 - 26 avril 2024

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 19.136 on Non-detriment findings for specimens of Appendix-II species taken from areas beyond national jurisdiction adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider how non-detriment findings (NDFs) might best be achieved for the introduction from the sea of specimens of CITES Appendix II-listed commercially exploited aquatic organisms taken by multiple Parties in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

More details are available in Notification to the Parties No. 2024/025 including information and deadlines on registration. 

Deadline for registration is 1 March 2024

Participants will be confirmed as soon as possible following the registration deadline. In the event that the total number of registrations exceeds the capacity reserved at the venue, the Secretariat may need to limit participation taking into consideration geographic representation, the size of the delegation per Party and observer organization, as well as relevant expertise to achieve a balanced participation.

Aquatic species listed in the CITES Appendices Geneva, Switzerland
23 - 24 avril 2024

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 19.189 on Aquatic species listed in the CITES Appendices adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider the application of Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP17) on Criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II and footnote 2 found in Annex 5 to that Resolution, with regards to relevant commercially exploited Elasmobranchii and other aquatic species.

More details are available in Notification to the Parties No. 2024/024 including information and deadlines on registration.

Deadline for registration is 1 March 2024.

Participants will be confirmed as soon as possible following the registration deadline. In the event that the total number of registrations exceeds the capacity reserved at the venue, the Secretariat may need to limit participation taking into consideration geographic representation, the size of the delegation per Party and observer organization, as well as relevant expertise to achieve a balanced participation.

CITES Workshop on Transport of Live Specimens Online Online closed meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
21 mars 2024

Date and Time
The CITES workshop on transport of live specimens will be held online on Thursday 21 March 2024 from 13.00-15.00 and 16.00-18.00 CET. 
Objective 
The objective of the workshop is to share best practices related to live animal and plant transport and to further the effective use by Parties of the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR), IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR), as well as the CITES Guidelines for the Non-Air Transport of Live Wild Animals and Plants.
Target audience
Management Authorities, enforcement focal points, importers, exporters, representatives of non-governmental organizations and transporters are invited to participate in this workshop. 
Organization
The workshop will be convened on the Interactio online platform. Link to join the platform and a user guide will be made available to all registered participants in due course. 
Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish will be available. The workshop will be recorded and made available on the CITES YouTube channel. 
Registration
Interested participants are invited to register online by 20 February 2024 using the following link: https://forms.office.com/e/GLWW9EanL8. Participation of women representatives is encouraged.

Link for more details
https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notifications/E-Notif-2024-011.pdf

Second Meeting of the CITES Inter-sessional Working Group on Electronic Systems and Information Technology Online closed meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
07 février 2024

At its 76th meeting (SC76; Panama City, November 2022), the Standing Committee established the intersessional working group on electronic systems and information technology with Switzerland as its Chair. As agreed at SC76, the working group members were added after receiving feedback from the call for expression of interest in Notification No. 2023/008 of 27 January 2023. The first meeting of the working group took place online on 4 July 2023.

This is the second meeting of the Working Group. It is open to the members of the WG only.

The meeting will take place from 1300-1500 hrs CET.

Technical workshop on songbird trade and conservation management Bangkok, Thailand
11 - 14 décembre 2023

This technical workshop is organized in accordance with Decision 18.256 (Rev. CoP19) on Songbird trade and conservation management adopted by the Conference of the Parties to CITES at its 19th meeting (CoP19, Panama City, November 2022). The workshop will consider the findings of a preliminary study on the scale and scope of international songbird trade and the management and conservation priorities of songbird taxa involved in such trade, and will bring together members of the Animals and Standing Committee, representatives from range, exporting, transit and consumer States, and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

More detail available from here.

Information note for participants

Workshop documents:

Agenda (updated 8 December)

Background study:

CITES Songbird report part 1: Overview
CITES Songbird report part 2: Prioritization
Supplementary material S1: Table of priority songbirds
Summary of responses to Notification to the Parties No. 2023/103

Information documents:

Inf.1: Illegal songbird trade and captive breeding of songbirds in Europe
Inf.2: Deletion of birds from CITES Appendix III changed global trade reports and dynamics

Songbirds in Trade Database (SiTDB):

Inf.3: Songbirds in Trade Database (SiTDB)
Juergens et al (2021). A standardized dataset for conservation prioritization of songbirds to support CITES
Database file
Metadata file
Synonyms HBI

The Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative:

Inf.4: The Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative
Songbird SKI Summary report
Annex 1: Songbird SKI
Annex 2: Essays on live songbird trade and ex-situ conservation

Americas Songbird crisis:

Brazil
Canada
Cuba
France
Guyana
Latin America
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago (file 1 of 2)
Trinidad and Tobago (file 2 of 2)
United States of America
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Asian Songbird crisis:

TRAFFIC report (2017): Caged in the City 
Lees and Yuda (2022). The Asian songbird crisis
TRAFFIC Southeast Asia report (2004): pet trade in Medan, Sumatra
USAID-BIJAK (2020): Songbird Demand Reduction and Behaviour Change in Indonesia
TRAFFIC Bulletin Vol. 29 No.1 (2017): Second South-east Asian Songbird Crisis Summit
Lee et al. (2016). Conservation strategy for Southeast Asian songbirds in trade
Shukhova et al. (2021). The IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group. A brief report on its first four years: 2017-2020.

Other resources:

Mirin and Klinck (2021). Bird singing contests: Looking back on thirty years of research on a global conservation concern
World Parrot Trust (in review). Using customs data to understand overlooked trade in non-CITES birds between Africa and Asia
USFWS Species Conservation Catalyst Fund on Songbird Trade (external link)

PRESENTATIONS

Day 1

Morning

BirdLife International Global Assessment of Songbirds in Trade

Afternoon

IUCN SSC Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group (ASTSG)
Songbird Species Knowledge Initiative
EAZA Studies on Delisting and EU Trade
TRAFFIC Songbird Trade Observation and Seizures in South-east Asia
World Parrot Trust: Trade in Live Birds from Africa

Day 2: Parties' perspectives and experiences

1. Suriname
2. Cuba
3. United States of America
4. Thailand
5. Morocco
6. Senegal
7. Switzerland
8. New Zealand (including wider Oceania)

Additional information:

Criteria for species listings in the CITES Appendices

Observations and DRAFT recommendations (revised)

Workshop on Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs) Closed event, Nairobi, Kenya
04 - 08 décembre 2023

Global meeting for CITES Parties and qualified observers to develop NDF guidance.

 

Practical information related to travel and stay (Rev. 3)

Provisional participants list (Rev. 2)

Procedural documents

Background and progress presentations

NDF draft guidance

NDF case studies:

Birds: Cockatoo NDF case study

Terrestrial invertebrates:

Timber-producing trees: short case studies

Reptiles:

Online workshop on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.) - (Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania) Online,
30 novembre - 01 décembre 2023

In accordance with Decision 19.197 on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.), the Secretariat is preparing two online interdisciplinary workshops for CITES Authorities and other relevant authorities and stakeholders about amphibian species in international trade.

This is the second of two workshops, both of which will cover the same issues. The geographical focus of this second workshop encompasses Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The working language is English.

This workshop consists of two three-hour sessions per day, scheduled at 12:00-15:00 CET (Central European Time) on 30 November and 1 December 2023.

Link for more details (External or internal event page)
https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notifications/E-Notif-2023-121.pdf

 

Workshop documents:

Additional resources:

Non-detriment findings draft guidance:

Presentations:

Online workshop on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.) - (North America, Central and South America and the Caribbean) Online closed meeting,
27 - 28 novembre 2023

In accordance with Decision 19.197 on Conservation of amphibians (Amphibia spp.), the Secretariat is preparing two online interdisciplinary workshops for CITES Authorities and other relevant authorities and stakeholders about amphibian species in international trade.

This is the first of two workshops, both of which will cover the same issues. The geographical focus of this first workshop encompasses North America, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Working languages are English and Spanish, and interpretation will be provided.

This workshop consists of two three-hour sessions per day, scheduled at 14:00-17:00 CET (Central European Time) on 27 and 28 November 2023.

Link for more details (External or internal event page)
https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notifications/E-Notif-2023-121.pdf
 

Workshop documents:

Additional resources:

Non-detriment findings draft guidance:

Presentations: