Agenda item 55: Tibetan antelope

 / ©: WWF-Canon / Ronald Petocz
A herd of Chiru or Tibetan antelope. Shan National Reserve, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China
© WWF-Canon / Ronald Petocz
The Secretariat’s document outlines measures taken by Parties to fulfil Res. Conf. 11.8 (Rev CoP13) “Conservation of and control of trade in the Tibetan antelope,” which directs the Standing Committee to regularly review enforcement measures aimed at eliminating the illicit trade in Tibetan antelope products and to report to each CoP. An Annex to the document comprises Thailand’s report to CoP14, as requested by the 54th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC54).

WWF recommendations:

Range States
The Secretariat has noted that poaching continues to be a problem for the Tibetan antelope. WWF has also received anecdotal reports of increased market demand and poaching of Tibetan antelope since 2005, which is of great concern. Thus, WWF looks forward to hearing the report of the Secretariat’s recent enforcement mission to China and to the discussion of any potential recommendations aimed at:
  • increasing or improving the effectiveness of anti-poaching enforcement efforts, and
  • increasing enforcement efforts along trade routes for the product and at borders.
Importing Parties
SC54 (October 2006) expressed concern regarding reports that Thailand’s domestic legislation might not be adequate to deal with cases of persons trading in shawls apparently made from Tibetan antelope. Thus SC54 requested Thailand to report to CoP14 on its enforcement of the Convention, particularly with regard to its progress in adopting new legislation, and in relation to the illicit trade in Tibetan antelope (Document 55 Rev 1 Annex 1).

WWF welcomes Thailand’s report which was made available as this document was going to print. Thus, at this point, WWF is unable to offer any comment on the progress reported by Thailand in Document 55 Annex 1, but we would urge the CoP to consider the report closely and to put forward recommendations for any further action required, by Thailand, the Standing Committee, or the Secretariat.

WWF also encourages other Parties with markets, or potential markets, for shahtoosh (Tibetan antelope wool) products to:
  • avail themselves of the Secretariat’s offer to provide advice and skills to improve identification of the products in trade
  • undertake consumer awareness activities to reduce demand for these products, and
  • undertake enforcement action to address the illegal trade in these products.
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 47 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)

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