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EU Accession to CITES

EU Accession to CITES

Main Issues and Positions for the 17th COP

The objective of this briefing was to provide Members with an overview of the key issues at stake at the CITES COP 17 and to introduce the new role of the EU as a single Party entity. A short overview of the history of CITES was provided, along with the current positions of the main Parties on key issues of importance. In a final section, the brief identified main conclusions and recommendations for Members of the ENVI Committee to establish their own perspectives on the subject of CITES and the potential role of the EU. The briefing was conducted using published documents, press releases, official position papers, studies and other relevant sources from national, international and EU institutions and NGOs. The document is available for download.


Citation

Davis, McKenna; Lucy O. Smith; Ennid Roberts et al. (2016): EU Accession to CITES – Main Issues and Positions for the 17th COP. In-depth Analysis for the ENVI Committee, Brussels.

Language
English
Author(s)
Dagmara Stoerring
Funding
Year
2016
ISBN
978-92-846-0013-7 (paper), 978-92-846-0012-0 (pdf)
Dimension
33 pp.
Project ID
2623-03
Table of Contents

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. THE CITES FRAMEWORK
1.1. The CITES framework
1.1.1. CITES Secretariat
1.1.2. Conference of the Parties (COP)
1.1.3. Permanent committees
1.2. Member State obligations relating to Appendices I, II and III
1.2.1. Appendix I
1.2.2. Appendix II
1.2.3. Appendix III
1.2.4. Regulations for export, import and re-export and the introduction from the sea of specimen of a species (Appendices I and II)
2. EU ACCESSION TO CITES
2.1. Consequences for the representation of the EU at COP17
2.1.1. Common positions
2.1.2. Voting
3. KEY ISSUES OF COP17
3.1. Wildlife crime
3.1.1. Demand reduction
3.1.2. Strengthened enforcement
3.1.3. Corruption
3.2. Rural communities, food security and livelihoods
3.3. Species specific issues
3.3.1. Elephants
3.3.2. Pangolins
3.3.3. Marine species
3.3.4. Timber species
4. OVERVIEW OF MAIN PARTY POSITIONS
4.1. European Union
4.2. United States
4.3. China
4.4. South Africa
4.5. Russia
4.6. Non-governmental organisations
5. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
REFERENCES

Keywords
Wildlife, CITES, illegal wildlife trade, Conference of the Parties, COP, biodiversity, European Parliament, Europe, briefing, analysis