Agenda item 53.4: Illegal ivory trade and control of ivory markets (Kenya and Mali)

Document 53.4, submitted by Kenya and Mali, recommends amendments to Res. Conf. 10.10 (Rev CoP12), including:

• provision for a 20-year moratorium in raw and worked ivory
• increased or strengthened requirements for ivory trade controls.


WWF position SUPPORT some amendments OPPOSE others
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 43 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)

Why is WWF opposing some and supporting some parts of this agenda item?

1. 20-year moratorium: OPPOSE
As explained in more detail under WWF’s position on Proposal 6 and in our full position for this agenda item, WWF does not support the suggestion of a 20-year moratorium as there is no provision in the Convention for such a measure and it is not possible under the CITES treaty to limit the rights of Parties to submit proposals at subsequent meetings of the CoP.

2. Use of ECOMESSAGE: OPPOSE
With regard to the amendment to Res. Conf. 10.10 (Rev Cop12) calling for enforcement agencies to report instances of illegal ivory trade in the ECOMESSAGE format, this may be an unnecessary burden on Parties who are already using the ETIS reporting format for the same purpose. We prefer to strongly urge the Parties to continue to use, and support, the ETIS programme. With regard to the amendment to calling for enforcement agencies to report instances of illegal ivory trade in the ECOMESSAGE format, this may be an unnecessary burden on Parties who are already using the ETIS reporting format for the same purpose. We prefer to strongly urge the Parties to continue to use, and support, the ETIS programme.

Unlike TRAFFIC, which manages ETIS on behalf of the Parties, Interpol, which receives the ECOMESSAGE form, is under no obligation to report back to the Conferences of the Parties. Further, Interpol reports on wildlife trade remain largely internal and are not readily available to non-authorized personnel. It is unclear what can be achieved from a CITES perspective by calling for another reporting format to be used by the Parties.

3. Other amendments to Res. Conf 10.10 (Rev CoP12): SUPPORT
Other suggested amendments to Res. Conf 10.10 Rev CoP12 are in line with actions currently recommended under the Action Plan for the control of trade in African elephant ivory and WWF is supportive of these amendments. These include, for example, the undertaking of public awareness activities and introduction of legislation to prohibit sales of illegally acquired ivory. As stated under Agenda item 53.1, WWF strongly urges the participants in the African elephants Range States Dialogue meeting, prior to the CoP, to come together and commit to taking concrete action to implement this Plan.

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