Activity 14: Ranch CITES-listed species

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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • In order to be considered by the Conference of the Parties, any proposal to transfer a population to Appendix II in order to conduct a ranching programme satisfy the following general criteria: i)the programme must be primarily beneficial to the conservation of the local population (i.e. where applicable, contribute to its increase in the wild or promote protection of the species habitat while maintaining a stable population); ii) the programme must have in place appropriate inventories, harvest-level controls and mechanisms to monitor the wild populations; and iii) there must be sufficient safeguards established in the programme to ensure that adequate numbers of animals are returned to the wild if necessary and where appropriate: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14), , Recommends (b)
  • Any proposal for the transfer to Appendix II of a Party's population of a species, for the purpose of ranching, not be approved by the Conference unless it contains the following: i) evidence that the taking from the wild will have no significant detrimental impact on wild populations; ii) an assessment of the likelihood of the biological and economic success of each ranching operation; iv) documented evidence to demonstrate that the programme is beneficial to the wild population through reintroduction or in other ways; and v) assurance that the criteria specified in paragraph b) above under 'RECOMMENDS' shall continue to be met: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14), , Recommends (d)
  • Any proposal for the transfer to Appendix II of a Party’s population of a species, for the purpose of ranching, that includes a component of a wild-adult harvest be examined much more stringently than those based purely on collection of eggs, neonates, larvae or other juvenile life stages: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14), , Recommends (f)
  • Parties achieving or having achieved the transfer of their populations of a species to Appendix II under the provisions of this Resolution limit the manner of exploitation of wild populations to those techniques described in their proposals and not, for example, later initiate new short-term programmes for taking wild animals without notifying the Secretariat: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14), , Recommends (g)
  • Any Party with an approved ranching proposal submit any changes to the information supplied to the Secretariat. The Secretariat, in consultation with the Animals Committee, should determine whether the changes proposed substantially alter the original ranching programme, and undermine or jeopardize the conservation of the wild population: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14), Recommends (h)
  • Annual reports on all relevant aspects of each approved ranching operation should be submitted to the Secretariat by the Party concerned, and include any new information on the following: i) the status of the wild population concerned; ii) the number of specimens (eggs, young or adults) taken annually from the wild; iii) an estimate of the percentage of the production of the wild population that is taken for the ranching operation; iv) the number of animals released and their survival rates estimated on the basis of surveys and tagging programmes, if any; v) the mortality rate in captivity and causes of such mortality; vi) production, sales and exports of products; and vii) conservation programmes and scientific experiments carried out in relation to the ranching operation or the wild population concerned: CITES Resolution 11.16 (Rev CoP14),

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