Discussion on support activities for the implementation of the
Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES)
February 25, 2009.
Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) , jointly with the
CITES Secretariat, organized a panel of experts to identify
synergies and opportunities for cooperation with international
organizations, development agencies and non-governmental
organizations on the CITES work program.
The DSD has
been facilitating access and exchange of information for
biological diversity decision-making through
and supporting countries in the promotion of strategies to
address the loss of habitat for wildlife, including the
effective implementation of laws, policies and regulations
that address the protection of wild flora and fauna and the
illegal trade in endangered species. These efforts also aim to
support the implementation of the Convention on International
Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14, The
Hague 2007), the Parties to CITES identified 44 activities
within an output based program to support advancement in the
implementation of the Convention. These activities can be
grouped in the following seven areas: 1) Regulating and
monitoring wildlife trade, 2) Integrating best available
scientific information into decision making, 3) Reducing
over-exploitation and illegal trade, 4) Building capacity and
information systems, 5) Mobilizing resources and raising
awareness, 6) Enhancing cooperation with strategic partners,
7) Preparation of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the
Parties to CITES (Qatar, 2010).The CITES Secretariat is
charged with the coordinating, advisory and servicing role in
the working of the Convention.
Payment for Ecological Services
to trade-related capacity building development needs in the
area of uier.hn environmental management, the DSD is working towards
improving market-based approaches to the conservation of
biological diversity, through the support of Payment for
Ecological Service Payments (PES). More..