Activity 8: Prepare and decide on proposals to amend CITES appendices

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Component 1: Prepare proposals to amend CITES Appendices

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • EU Members to establish a general system of protection for indigenous Birds (see EU Birds, Article 1) prohibiting deliberate killing or capture; deliberate destruction of nests and eggs; taking their eggs in the wild; deliberate disturbance of Birds; and keeping bird species the hunting and capture of which is prohibited: EU Birds, Article 5
  • Proposals to amend Appendices I and II should be based on the best information available and, when appropriate, presented in the format in Annex 6: CITES Resolution 9.24 (Rev CoP13) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Appropriate Scientific Authority should gather and analyse information on the biological status of species affected by trade to assess in the preparation of proposals: CITES Resolution 10.3 Recommends (a)
Component 2: Decide on proposals to amend CITES Appendices

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • When considering proposals to amend Appendix I or II, by virtue of the precautionary approach, act in the best interest of the conservation of the species concerned and adopt measures that are proportionate to the anticipated risks to the species: CITES Resolution 9.24 (Rev CoP13)
  • Appropriate Scientific Authority should review proposals submitted by other Parties and make recommendations on how its country’s delegation should to address the proposal: CITES Resolution 10.3 Recommends (o)

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Author Commentary 1

CITES Resolution 9.24 (Rev CoP13)
Annex 6, referred to here, suggests that the supporting statement for a proposal should be organised in the following categories: Taxonomy; Overview; Species Characteristics; Status and Trends; Threats; Utilization and trade; Legal instruments; Species Management; Information on similar species; Consultations; Additional Remarks; References.