CITES Committee to Examine Trade in Specific Wood and Plant Products
At a recent meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s Plants Committee took the following actions ahead of CITES’ biannual meeting in Johannesburg in September 2016.
- agreed on improvements to the CITES review of significant trade process, which verifies levels of global commercial trade in CITES-listed species and identifies instances where trade may jeopardize the conservation status of CITES-listed animals or plants; in these cases, the review results in recommendations to exporting parties for actions to address over-exploitation and unsustainable use
- agreed to examine as part of the review of significant trade process trade in hardwoods from Argentina and Paraguay, red sandalwood from India, snowdrops from Turkey, orchids from Laos, and various medicinal plants from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Mexico and the U.S.
- provided advice to several parties that are preparing species-listing proposals for submission and possible adoption in 2016 concerning cacti (Sclerocactus spp.), palms (Mexico), Dalbergia trees (Mexico and Thailand) and orchids (Switzerland)
- commended the DRC for the progress made in bringing international trade in African teak back to sustainable levels and recommended specific actions
- for a number of other species such as rosewood, ebonies and palisanders, expressed concerns about unsustainable exploitation levels and illegal trade of species of rosewood in Central and
south America, Africa and Asia
- developed guidance for sustainably harvesting perennial plants and tree species; identified ways to strengthen the capacity of the CITES authorities managing and monitoring trade in plants; and addressed issues such the identification of CITES-listed timbers and forensic sciences to help in
controlling this timber trade