Decisions of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in effect after the 18th meeting

At each of its meetings, the Conference of the Parties to CITES considers means of improving the implementation of the Convention and its effectiveness. The results of its deliberations are in the form of recommendations (Article XI, paragraph 3) that are recorded either in Resolutions or in Decisions of the Conference of the Parties. Resolutions are generally intended to provide long-standing guidance. Decisions, are more short term in nature. This means that they are to be implemented, often by a specified time, and then become redundant by the next Conference of the Parties and are deleted. Typically they contain instructions to a specific Committee or to the Secretariat.

A document containing all valid Decisions is compiled by the Secretariat after each meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Decisions that are in effect after the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties are available below.

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Administrative and financial matters

17.1 to 17.9Rules of Procedure
17.10 to 17.16Access to funding
17.17Sponsored Delegates Project

Strategic matters

17.18 to 17.21CITES Strategic Vision
17.22 to 17.25Appendix-I listed species
16.9 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.10 (Rev. CoP17)Potential conflict of interest in the Animals and Plants Committees
17.26 to 17.27Youth engagement
17.28 to 17.30Rural communities
17.31 to 17.35Capacity building
17.36 to 17.40Livelihoods
17.41 to 17.43Food security and livelihoods
17.44 to 17.48Demand reduction
17.49World Wildlife Day

Cooperation with organizations and Multilateral Environmental Agreements

17.50 to 17.51Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
16.13 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.16 (Rev. CoP17)Intergovernmental sciencepolicy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
17.52International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)
17.53 to 17.54Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)
17.55 to 17.56Cooperation with other biodiversity-related conventions

Interpretation and implementation matters

Review of Resolutions and Decisions

14.19 (Rev. CoP17) & 17.57Resolutions and Decisions

Compliance and enforcement

17.58 to 17.64National laws for implementation of the Convention
17.65 to 17.69Compliance matters
17.70 to 17.82National ivory action plans process
17.83 to 17.85Enforcement matters
17.86Community awareness on wildlife trafficking
17.87 to 17.88Domestic markets for frequently illegally traded specimens
17.89 to 17.91Specimens produced from synthetic or cultured DNA
17.92 to 17.96 and 15.57Combating wildlife cybercrime
17.97 to 17.100Wildlife crime enforcement support in West and Central Africa
17.101 to 17.107 and 14.69Captive-bred and ranched specimens
17.108 to 17.111Review of Significant Trade
14.73 (Rev. CoP17) to 14.74 (Rev. CoP17) and 17.112 to 17.113Bushmeat
17.114 to 17.117Quotas for leopard hunting trophies
17.118 to 17.119Disposal of confiscated specimens
17.120 to 17.123Reporting requirements
17.124 to 17.130Illegal trade in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
17.131 to 17.132Illegal trade in Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii)
17.133 to 17.144Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae spp.)
17.145 to 17.151Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi)

Trade control and traceability

17.152 to 17.155Traceability
17.156 to 17.159Electronic systems and information technologies
17.160 to 17.161Identification materials
17.162 to 17.163Identification (ivory)
17.164 to 17.165Identification (tiger skins)
17.166 to 17.169Identification (timber)
16.58 (Rev. CoP17)Physical inspection of timber shipments
17.170Stocks and stockpiles (specimens of CITES-listed species)
17.171 to 17.172Stocks and stockpiles (elephant ivory)
14.54 (Rev CoP17)Purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates
17.173 to 17.174Simplified procedure for permits and certificates
17.175 to 17.177, 16.156 (Rev. CoP17)Definition of the term ‘artificially propagated’
17.178 to 17.180Definition of the term 'appropriate and acceptable destinations'
16.53Non-detriment findings
17.181, 16.48 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.51 (Rev. CoP17)Introduction from the sea

Species specific matters

16.136 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.138 (Rev. CoP17) and 17.182 to 17.185Sturgeons and paddlefish (Acipenseriformes spp.)
17.186 to 17.189Eels (Anguilla spp.)
17.190 to 17.193Precious corals (Order Antipatharia and family Coralliidae)
16.157 (Rec. CoP17) & 17.194 to 17.200Agarwood-producing taxa (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.)
17.201 to 17.202 and 16.139 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.140 (Rev. CoP17), 15.87 (Rev. CoP17)Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)
17.203 to 17.208Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.) and palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.)
17.209 to 17.216Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii spp.)
17.217 to 17.218Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)
17.219 17.221Bread palms (Encephalartos spp.)
17.222 to 17.223Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and other marine turtles (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae)
17.224 to 17.231Asian big cats (Felidae spp.)
17.232 to 17.233Great apes (Hominidae spp.)
17.234Rosewood timber species [Leguminosae (Fabaceae)]
17.235 to 17.238African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)
17.239 to 17.240Pangolins (Manis spp.)
16.153 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.154 (Rev. CoP17)East African sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)
17.241 to 17.245African lion (Panthera leo)
17.246 to 17.249Freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygonidae spp.)
17.250 to 17.252African cherry (Prunus africana)
17.253 to 17.258African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
17.259 to 17.263Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
17.264 to 17.266Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil)
17.267 to 17.274Saiga antelope (Saiga spp.)
17.275 to 17.284Snakes (Serpentes spp.)
17.285 to 17.290Queen conch (Strombus gigas)
17.291 to 17.298Tortoises and freshwater turtles (Testudines spp.)
17.299 to 17.301Black Sea bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus ponticus)
17.302African tree species
14.81Great whales
16.159 (Rev. CoP17)Neotropical tree species

Amendment and maintenance of the Appendices

17.303 to 17.305Appendix-III listings
17.306 to 17.308Nomenclature (Identification of CITES-listed corals in trade)
17.309 to 17.310Nomenclature (Use of time-specific versions of online databases as standard nomenclature references)
17.311 to 17.312Nomenclature (Bird family and order names)
17.313Nomenclature [African lion (Panthera leo)]
17.314 to 17.317Nomenclature (Cactaceae checklist)
16.162 (Rev. CoP17) to 16.163 (Rev. CoP17)Annotations
17.318 to 17.319Annotations for Appendix II orchids
16.160 (Rev. CoP17)Review of Resolution Conf. 10.9 on Consideration of proposals for the transfer of African elephant populations from Appendix I to Appendix II