24 Sep 2016 – 5 Oct 2016 all-day
Sandton Convention Centre
South Africa

cites-cop17CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but it will the first held on the continent since 2000.

wildtrade with sloganEarthmind Wild Trade Side Events

Enhancing policy coherence for the trade of legal wildlife products

Tue 27 Sep – 17:30-18:30 – Room: Exhibition 2 D

SDG Target 17.14 aims to “enhance policy coherence for sustainable development.” This event will explore the international policy framework for trade in legal wildlife products in support of sustainable development. It will be organised as a panel discussion.

Discussion questions include (a) What is the suitable international policy platform for recognising and supporting the sustainable use of wild resources in support of SDGs 14 and 15 and (b) As a trade agreement, should CITES sit under the WTO rather than UNEP, and (c) Should CITES Parties support research on delisting species to enable a legal and sustainable trade in wildlife products?

Panel members

Peter Bridgewater (former Ramsar Secretary General & Global Garden Consulting)
Rosie Cooney (IUCN Sustainable Use & Livelihoods Group Chair)
Alejandra Garcia (Responsible Ecosystem Sourcing Platform Sustainable Use Specialist)
Maxwell Gomera (UNEP Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Director)

Background reference

The SDGs, the trade in wild good and services, and CITES
(prepared for CITES SS66, Jan 2016)

Voluntary standards for sustainable trade of legal wildlife products

Wed 28 Sep – 17:30-18:30 – Room: Com. Room 1

Can voluntary standards and certification schemes play a role in enhancing legal, regulated and report trade in wildlife products? If so, is there a role for CITES Parties to support the development and use of such schemes in support of delisting species to enable sustainable trade in wildlife products for sustainable development. The session will be organised as a panel discussion with references to lessons learned from wild trade standards such as FairWild, the Marine Aquarium Council, the Marine Stewardship Council.

Panel members

Steven Broad (TRAFFIC Executive Director)
Christopher Galliers (WESSA Wildlife & Conservation Initiatives Manager)
Andrew Taylor (Endangered Wildlife Trust)
Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes (IUCN SULi & Earthmind Research Associate)

Background reference

The trade in wildlife – A framework to improve biodiversity and livelihood outcomes
(ITC & IUCN, 2015)