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BGCI is participating in the 21st meeting of the Plants Committee of CITES.

6 May 2014

The CITES Plants Committee meeting is being held in Veracruz, Mexico from 2-8 May, 2014.  An important item on the agenda will be cooperation with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC).

In 2013, at the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), a resolution on cooperation with GSPC was adopted.  This resolution invited Parties to promote and enhance collaboration between their GSPC focal point(s) and their CITES Authorities, through the involvement of CITES authorities in the development and implementation of the GSPC national strategies, particularly activities related to CITES listed species; and the inclusion of CITES-GSPC-related activities in CBD national reports.  The implementation of this resolution is being discussed this week at the Plant Committee meeting.

Linkages between the GSPC and CITES are particularly relevant to the implementation of Target 11 of the GSPC “No species of wild flora endangered by international trade”.  However tools, scientific results and methodologies developed in the framework of CITES are also relevant to other GSPC targets such as those on taxonomy (target 1), conservation assessments (target 2) and capacity-building (target 15).

In a side event being organised by BGCI, the benefits of intensified communication between national CITES authorities and GSPC focal points and technical agencies and institutions will be emphasised as an essential cornerstone for implementing joint collaborations of mutual benefit.

New resources produced by TRAFFIC to help implement CITES for plants will also be highlighted at the meeting.

Download a poster on CITES / GSPC linkages here.

 Diospyros boivini. Madagascar. CITES Appendix II.

 Uncarina stellulifera. Madagascar. CITES Appendix II.


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CITES Plants Committee Meeting
Full details of the meeting and links to relevant documents are available on this page of the CITES website

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