Preparing for the 17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: On May 11, 2015, the Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations from the public on resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for the United States to consider submitting for discussion at CoP17.  Please refer to the Federal Register notice for instructions on how to submit comments. The comment period on this notice closes July 10, 2015.

Species Review: What's the current status?
On June 27, 2014, the Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations for animal and plant species that may warrant a change in protection or need protection under CITES.  The public comment period for this notice has closed. We are currently reviewing comments received and assessing available biological and trade data for species that may meet the listing criteria under CITES.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty agreed to by 180 nations (referred to as “Parties) that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade.

Every two to three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, including changes in protections for certain species. The 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES will be held in South Africa in 2016 at a venue city and date to be determined.

How can I contribute information or ideas for CITES CoP17?

We’re committed to conducting an open and transparent process as we prepare for CoP17 that considers the interests of the public, stakeholders, other federal agencies, and Congress.  We will publish a series of Federal Register notices to solicit public input on the development of U.S. proposals, documents, and negotiating positions for CoP17. This process helps us to develop robust proposals and positions by taking into account a wide variety of views and anticipating potential implementation and enforcement challenges.

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Banner Credits: Orchid background: USFWS; Alligator: USFWS; Primate: Vanessa Woods; Pink Lady's Slipper orchid: Thomas Barnes/University of Kentucky; Paddlefish: Tennessee Aquarium