CITES Meeting Boosts Wildlife Protection Measures

17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CoP17 CITES) closed to stamp out illegal wildlife trade and ensure sustainability of future trade.

• Silky and three thresher sharks species and nine species of Mobula rays were included within CITES Appendix II.
• National Ivory Action Plan process was streamlined to address the illegal flow of ivory along the trade chain, and to phase out domestic ivory markets. Pressure was maintained on Mozambique as a transit and exit point for illegal rhino horn trade leaving Africa and Vietnam as the principal end-use destination.

• NGO TRAFFIC released Skin and Bones Re-examined report noted from 2012-2015 at least 30 percent of the Tiger seizures from captive breeding facilities. Governments took a decision to scrutinize trade and Laos would be phasing out its tiger farms. New resolution endorsed to address issues on captive breeding related to the laundering of wild-caught species into legal trade.

• All eight species of Pangolins were included within Appendix I of the Convention to prohibit commercial international trade.

• There was regulation of the commercial international trade in a variety of timber species listed in Appendix II including all those within the genus Dalbergia, commercially traded as “rosewood.”

• Parties agreed to regulate bioengineered products derived from CITES listed species to ensure that they have no detrimental impact on wild populations.

• A new resolution called for well-targeted, evidence-based methods to bring about consumer behavior change for demand reduction.