At a recent meeting the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora took the following actions.

- rejected a request by Madagascar to exports its stockpiles of thousands of tons of seized or declared rosewood and ebony and instead asked Madagascar to strengthen measures against illegal logging and trade, including seizures, investigations, arrests, prosecutions, and sanctions

- in light of the musical instrument industry’s concerns about a new requirement for a CITES permit for cross-border movements of musical instruments containing rosewood, accepted an interim interpretation of “non-commercial” so a universally agreed procedure to allow such movements can be simplified until the definition of this and other terms is reviewed in May 2019

- decided that CITES parties should not accept any CITES permit or certificate for kosso rosewood that is issued by Nigeria unless its authenticity has been confirmed by the CITES secretariat

- adopted specific recommendations to strengthen enforcement efforts to combat illegal trade in pangolins

- requested that Qatar, which plays a significant role as a transit country for illegal ivory consignments moving from Africa to Asia, develop and implement a national ivory action plan

- agreed to impose a suspension of all trade in CITES-listed specimens on Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Tanzania if they do not submit reports on the progress of their national ivory action plans within 60 days

- recommended that CITES parties suspend trade with (a) Brunei, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines for failing to submit annual reports for three consecutive years and (b) Mongolia and Tunisia for their lack of progress in adopting adequate wildlife legislation

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