The eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 to 28 August 2019. Decisions taken in Geneva will have a real and immediate effect on the legislation, regulation, and operating practices across the globe for international trade in species listed on the CITES Appendices. The CoP18 decisions will also have direct impacts on biodiversity, people’s livelihoods, and national economies.
At its 70th meeting in October 2019, the CITES Standing Committee considered:
the “introduction from the sea” of sei whales;
the suspension of commercial trade in Siamese rosewood, including finished products, from Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR);
suspension of trade in African grey parrots and pangolin from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and
CoP18 will consider 107 agenda items and 57 species listings proposals, including proposals to add additional sharks, rays and timber species. The proposals on sharks and rays, jointly submitted by over 50 countries, highlight unprecedented support to list these marine species in CITES.
CoP18 will also address contentious issues such as trade in elephants and their ivory as well as rhino horn, with proposals to further restrict commercial trade, and counter-proposals intending to remove trade restrictions. The listing proposals include songbirds, amphibians, sharks and rays, marine ornamental fish, and rosewood timber species that are deemed to be affected by trade.
CoP18 will also consider a proposal on the establishment of a database for the storage and management of illegal trade data collected through CITES annual illegal trade reports.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from CITES CoP18.
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