Agenda item 14: CITES and Livelihoods

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CITES and livelihoods
© WWF-Canon / Jürgen Freund
Document 14 has been submitted by Argentina, China, Germany (on behalf of the EU member States), and Nicaragua. Several recommendations are made concerning the consideration of livelihoods in the implementation of CITES decisions. In addition, the Secretariat recommends some draft decisions to be adopted by the Parties, which provide a clear way forward on this matter. The Secretariat also suggests that these may be simplified and shortened by a working group at CoP14.

WWF position SUPPORT
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 27 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)

Why is WWF supporting this agenda item?

These recommendations were originally made by participants at a September 2006 workshop on CITES and Livelihoods. This workshop was prompted by an amendment to Res. Conf 8.3 Recognition of the benefits of trade in wildlife at CoP13, which recognizes that the implementation of CITES-listing decisions should take into account potential impacts on the livelihoods of the poor. The purpose of the workshop was to identify practical measures that will allow Parties to better address livelihood issues in the course of regulating the international trade in wild species.

WWF is pleased to have been a member of the Steering Group that planned the workshop, to have supported its organization, and to participate actively through staff who deal with the impacts of CITES decisions (both positive and negative) in southern Africa on the livelihoods of the poor.

A species conservation approach that is integrated with ensuring human needs is fundamental to fulfilment of WWF's mission. Thus, WWF supports Document 14 and its recommendations, and looks forward to working with the CITES Parties and Committees, to implement any recommendations and decisions adopted by CoP14 on this issue.

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