Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Colombo (Sri Lanka), 23 May – 3 June 2019
This document has been submitted by Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, the Niger, Nigeria, the Sudan and Syrian Arab Republic.
SummaryThe present document summarizes recent decisions by CITES on the management of ivory stockpiles, including their disposal, and provides an update on recent seizures and destructions of ivory stocks and stockpiles by CITES Parties. It suggests a way forward on the implementation of Decisions 17.171-172 CoP17 directed to the Secretariat and Standing Committee in order to secure the completion of the delayed CITES guidance for the management of ivory stockpiles before or during CoP18. It also proposes measures to improve compliance with the existing recommendation in paragraph 6 e) of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP17) urging Parties to maintain inventories of ivory stockpiles and report the stock levels to the Secretariat annually before 28 February. These measures are intended to complement CoP18 Doc 69.5, Implementing Aspects of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP17) on the Closure of Domestic Ivory Markets, submitted by Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria.
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