17.31 to 17.35 Capacity building

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17.31

Decision directed to: Parties

Parties are encouraged to:
a) provide financial and in-kind resources for capacity-building activities, particularly activities to achieve Goal 1 (Ensure compliance with and implementation and enforcement of the Convention) and Goal 3 (Contribute to significantly reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and to achieving relevant globally-agreed goals and targets by ensuring that CITES and other multilateral instruments and processes are coherent and mutually supportive) of the CITES Strategic Vision, as well capacity building activities required in the implementation of Resolutions and Decisions;
b) use the CITES implementation reports, recommended to be introduced in 2018, to inform the Secretariat regularly about their capacity and needs; and
c) utilize the CITES Virtual College to support capacity-building activities and provide the Secretariat with inputs and financial support to update and improve its services, including translation of the contents into national languages.

17.32

Decision directed to: Animals Committee, Plants Committee, Secretariat

The Animals and Plants Committees shall establish a joint working group on capacity-building and identification materials to undertake the following tasks, in consultation with the Secretariat:
a) provide assistance to Parties in identifying CITES-listed taxa and in undertaking capacity-building activities that contribute to the enhanced implementation of the Convention;
b) determine the current availability of capacity building materials, including identification guides and other tools, and enhance their accessibility;
c) review selected capacity building and identification materials, and assess the need for their revision and improvement, taking into account the materials that are being developed or have already been developed by Parties and materials requested in Decisions;
d) undertake, or provide scientific guidance to the Secretariat’s undertaking of the revision and development of selected capacity building and identification materials, including materials on the development, establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas;
e) review the project proposal on Improvements to the CITES identification materials: Options to promote accuracy and availability of identification material to the Parties to CITES, drafted by the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), as well as any other projects or programmes identified by the Secretariat, and consider whether funding should be actively sought to support the activities;
f) review Resolution Conf. 3.4 on Technical Cooperation and Resolution Conf. 11.19 (Rev. CoP16) on Identification Manual, and make recommendations, including possible amendments to these Resolutions if appropriate, to promote accuracy and availability of capacity building and identification materials; and
g) report on progress with these activities at the next meetings of the Animals and Plants Committees as well as at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

17.33

Decision directed to: Animals Committee, Plants Committee

The Animals and Plants Committees shall inform the Standing Committee, as necessary, on the progress made in implementing Decision 17.32.

17.34

Decision directed to: Secretariat

The Secretariat shall, subject to the availability of external funding where needed:
a) continue to develop and enhance the CITES website as well as the CITES Virtual College as an electronic means of providing capacity-building support to Parties, including the incorporation of the following information:
i) a list of references to capacity building found in the current Resolutions and Decisions, as well as the relevant sections of the CITES implementation reports, so as to enhance the continued monitoring of capacity-building activities; and
ii) a list of possible financial resources and mechanisms to support the implementation of CITES (such as the Global Environment Facility and the African Elephant Fund);
b) within the scope of Goals 1 and 3 of the CITES Strategic Vision, provide targeted technical capacity-building support and deliver general and specialized training, to: CITES Management and Scientific Authorities, Customs and law enforcement entities, the judiciary, legislators and other stakeholders, particularly in new Parties, developing country Parties, Parties identified through the compliance mechanism and Small Island Developing States.
c) in consultation and cooperation with the Animals and Plants Committees, undertake the revision and development of selected capacity building and identification materials, including materials related to the development, establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas;
d) issue a Notification to the Parties inviting developing countries and countries with economies in transition to provide to the Secretariat precise information on their capacity-building needs, and report to the Standing Committee at its 69th meeting on the answers received; and
e) further cooperate with institutions and organizations to provide Parties with joint capacity-building assistance of relevance to CITES, for example through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the IntergovernmentalScience-PolicyPlatform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services(IPBES), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) (including each of its partners), the International Trade Centre(ITC), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), theInternational University of Andalusia, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

17.35

Decision directed to: Standing Committee

The Standing Committee shall:
a) monitor the implementation of activities related to capacity building found in the current Resolutions and Decisions through information provided by the Secretariat in accordance with Decision 17.34 a) i);
b) review the results of the survey initiated through the Notification to the Parties referred to in Decision 17.34 d), as well as information submitted in the relevant sections of the CITES implementation reports;
c) review the work of the Animals and Plants Committees in the implementation of Decision 17.32, and provide guidance, as necessary; and
d) make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties, as appropriate, on how capacity-building activities specified in Resolutions and Decisions may be consolidated, rationalized and made more coherent.