Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)
In serving also as a regional CITES North America forum, this table coordinates preparation for the meetings of CITES Parties, as well as for technical committees and working groups. This builds stronger positions and participation as the North American region in CITES meetings leading to improved outcomes for common issues of regional importance. Enhancement of communication and information sharing among the CITES Authorities of the three countries facilitates implementation, follow up of commitments, development of initiatives and consolidation of the leadership of the North American Region in the Convention. This table also considers wildlife trade issues related to shared species, species of concern of individual members, and other signiicant species potentially impacted by international trade.
Mission Statement"Through North American collaboration and cooperation on CITES, this table works to exchange information, strengthen regional implementation and scientifically based decision making, in order to protect endangered species of wild fauna and flora against over-exploitation through international trade."
Since 1997, this table has served to support CITES North American Regional preparations for various CITES meetings including: the Conference of the Parties (CoP), Standing Committee (SC) and Plants and Animals Committees (PC/AC).
- Established stronger positions and participation of the North American region in CITES meetings leading to improved outcomes on issues of common importance to the region (e.g., active participation and close coordination on the Criteria for Amendments to CITES Appendices review, exchange of information and ideas on how to interpret, implement, and establish scientifically based export quotas for different taxonomic groups, ensure regional conservation of shared hawksbill turtle populations, etc.).
- Provided consultation on CITES species amendment proposals and proposed resolutions and decisions from members of the region and sometimes joint preparation and submission of documents to the CoP or the Committees (e.g., Painted bunting proposal to CoP, documents on Review of the Zero Export Quota and Enforcement for Illegal Trade in Tiger Parts and Derivatives for CITES Standing Committee).
- Enhanced communication and information sharing among the CITES Authorities of the three countries. As a consequence, exchange of information and ideas between Management and Scientific Authorities of the three countries regarding the implementation of CITES has been facilitated. This has taken into consideration tools, methodologies, and resources needed to face common or shared problems and to improve CITES implementation at both national and regional levels.
- Provided consideration of trade issues on shared species (e.g., bobcat, bald eagle, painted bunting, pronghorn antelope), species of concern to individual members (e.g., Morelet’s crocodile, cacti, falcons, parrots, hawksbill turtle), and other significant species potentially impacted by trade (e.g., bigleaf mahogany, big cats, elephants, cetaceans).
- Facilitated the organization of international technical workshops with the North American region serving as the coordinating entity and host (e.g. seahorses, scientific authorities). The workshops were developed primarily to assist participants in identifying national management and monitoring strategies that could be implemented in their countries to promote sustainable harvest and to properly implement CITES.
- Achieved mutual capacity building in all aspects of CITES implementation.
- Held a workshop, in conjunction with VII Trilateral meeting, April 2002, to exchange experiences among scientific authorities, looking for opportunities for capacity building and information exchange.