Priority actions under CITES

CITES has posted a useful summary of the main outcomes from the annual meeting of its Standing Committee last week. Several areas relating to ongoing ITC work include:

The need to understand more about characteristics of demand for wildlife products from Traditional Chinese Medicine – ITC is planning a literature review, particularly with respect to rhino horn.

Support for traceability in python skin supply chains – ITC is working with Kering and IUCN Boa and Python Specialist Species Group on this issue in Viet Nam and Indonesia.

Madagascar Nile Crocodile trade ban lifted, although subject for a year to a zero export quota to allow time for inventories to be made – ITC will work with Kering and IUCN Specialist Crocodile Group on strengthening sustainability of sourcing and livelihoods associated with the trade.

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