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SUMMARY OF WWF’S POSITIONS ON KEY AGENDA DOCUMENTS AND PROPOSALS TO AMEND APPENDICES I AND II AT CITES COP18

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In arriving at our positions on relevant individual agenda items and proposals to amend Appendices I and II to be discussed at CoP18, WWF is guided by the following considerations:

a. The centrality of science in decision-making, especially with regard to proposals to amend Appendices I and II;

b. Respect for the text of the Convention and for relevant CoP Resolutions.

3. WWF broadly welcomes the documents that have been tabled that address the related issues of sustainable use, livelihoods and the role of rural communities. While we differ on some of the proposed actions, we undertake to work with the Parties and with relevant stakeholders to achieve outcomes on these issues that maximise the benefits both for rural communities and for the future of endangered species of flora and fauna

4. WWF believes that one of the strengths of CITES is its strong compliance mechanisms. We welcome the increased use of Article XIII of the Convention for addressing what are often related governance, legal and enforcement issues in key countries. Among the countries whose role in both legal and illegal trade in various CITES-listed species will be discussed at the CoP, Vietnam emerges as a country of key concern. While that country has taken many commendable actions - including the tabling of a number of excellent listing proposals at this meeting - its role in the illegal trade of rhinos, elephants, tigers and many other CITES-listed species needs to be addressed, with ETIS data now clearly showing Vietnam in first place with respect to the quantity of illegal ivory in trade.

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