The new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, in March 2013 entered into force on Wednesday 12th June. As a result, the 178 member countries will start regulating the international trade in over three hundred new species now protected by CITES.
The CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: "After a highly successful meeting of the Conference of the Parties in March, we are now moving full steam ahead to implement the decisions taken by the 178 Parties to CITES. Through the CITES permit system, exporters, importers and consumers of precious timber, marine and other valuable species can have confidence that they are using legally and sustainably harvested specimens. The new regulations will also help better ensure that illegal wildlife trade can be identified, intercepted, and responded to, including being treated as a serious crime, where appropriate."
International trade in a range of rosewoods and ebonies from Asia, Central America and Madagascar now listed in CITES Appendix II will require that exports of these timbers be accompanied by CITES permits issued upon findings that there is no detriment to the wild populations.
The joint programme between CITES and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will support the efforts of the countries concerned to strengthen their capacities to implement the Convention. Germany announced that it would contribute more funding to the EUR 7.5 million that has already been generously made available for a second phase of the programme, by the European Union, other Parties and the private sector.