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Workshop on traceability systems for CITES Appendices II and III listed non-timber forest plant species (ornamental and medicinal plants)
22 September 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

Key Issues

22 SEPTEMBER 2016 SOUTH AFRICA.jpgAt the 15th and 16th meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to CITES, it was decided to consider traceability as a key issue for the sustainable management of CITES-listed species (for a list of relevant resolutions and decisions, see SC66 Doc. 34.1 ). In response, UNCTAD BioTrade and the CITES Secretariat have been collaborating on the preparation of technical documents and workshops on traceability issues, following to track the species through the supply chain, from the origin all the way to the market and final consumption.

Within non-timber plant species, CITES Parties and BioTrade partners have been implementing traceability systems, but no comprehensive study has yet been undertaken. In consultation with the CITES Secretariat, relevant Parties, BioTrade focal points and industry, UNCTAD is working to assess the tracing of CITES-listed non-timber forest plant species listed in CITES Appendices II and III. Particularly, two traceability studies are being prepared, focusing on ornamental in the Andean/Latin America region and medicinal plants in the Mekong sub region. 

The outcome of UNCTAD's work illustrates the operation and trade of ornamental and medicinal plants in both regions, as well as provide additional inputs on the use of a potential "umbrella model" for developing traceability systems for CITES-listed species, for consideration by the CITES Parties at COP17.

The findings of these studies will be discussed and validated at a technical workshop to be organized on 22 September 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

UNCTAD has been implementing these activities under the third phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP III), which is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

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