Activity 22: Ensure sustainable use of tortoises and freshwater turtles

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Assess and improve current efforts to manage native tortoise and freshwater turtle populations, e.g. by establishing quotas: CITES Resolution 11.9 (c)
  • Develop and implement research programmes to identify the species involved in trade, to monitor and assess the impact of trade on wild populations, and to evaluate the conservation risks and benefits of large-scale commercial breeding of tortoises and freshwater turtles: CITES Resolution 11.9 (d)
  • Enact legislation, where existing legislation is insufficient, to protect and manage trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles appropriately: CITES Resolution 11.9 (e)
  • Increase public awareness of the threats posed to tortoises and freshwater turtles from unsustainable harvest and unregulated trade: CITES Resolution 11.9 (f)
  • Enhance the participation of collectors, traders, exporters, importers and consumers in the conservation of and sustainable trade in tortoises and freshwater turtle species: CITES Resolution 11.9 (g)
  • Collaborate on all aspects of conservation and management of, trade in, and implementation of the Convention for, tortoises and freshwater turtles, taking into consideration the recommendations of the technical workshop held in Kunming, China: CITES Resolution 11.9 (h)
  • Develop management strategies concerning CITES-listed tortoises and freshwater turtles, in collaboration with others: CITES Resolution 11.9 (j)

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