The United States is pleased to submit, or co-sponsor, the following proposals to amend the CITES Appendices:

Fishhook cacti (Sclerocactus spinosior ssp. blainei (= Sclerocactus blainei), Sclerocactus cloverae (CITES-listed synonym of Sclerocactus parviflorus), and Sclerocactus sileri): Proposal to transfer taxa from Appendix II to Appendix I . Read the proposal. pdf

Agarwood (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.): Proposal to amend the annotation to the listings in Appendix II. Read the proposal. pdf

Holy wood (Bulnesia sarmientoi): Proposal to amend the annotation to the listing in Appendix II. Read the proposal. pdf

Nautilus: Proposal to include the family in Appendix II. Read the proposal. pdf Additional information on nautilus trade.

Devil rays (Mobula spp.): Proposal to include genus in Appendix II, This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Fiji. Read the proposal. pdf

African pygmy chameleons: Proposal to include the genera Rhampholeon spp. and Rieppeleon spp. in Appendix II. Read the proposal pdf and a table with information on each of the 21 species.

Softshell Turtles: Proposal to include six species – Cyclanorbis elegans, Cyclanorbis senegalensis, Cycloderma aubryi, Cycloderma frenatum, Trionyx triunguis, and Rafetus euphraticus in Appendix II (this proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Togo in French and in English by the United States of America). Read the proposal. pdf

African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus): Proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I. This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Gabon. Read the proposal. pdf

Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata): Proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I. This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by India. Read the proposal. pdf

Philippines pangolin (Manis culionensis): Proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I. This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by the Philippines. Read the proposal. pdf

Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) and Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla): Proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I. This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by the Viet Nam. Read the proposal. pdf

Four African species of pangolins (Manis tetradactyla, Manis tricuspis, Manis gigantea and Manis temminckii): Proposal to transfer the species from Appendix II to Appendix I. This proposal is being co-sponsored and submitted by Nigeria and Senegal. Read the proposal. pdf

 

The United States is pleased to submit the following additional documents for inclusion in the agenda for CoP17:

Actions to Combat Wildlife Trafficking: Document proposing revisions to Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP16) on Trade in elephant specimens and several draft decisions regarding domestic ivory markets and other domestic wildlife markets and to examine the trade in wildlife products produced from synthetic or cultured DNA. Read the document. pdf

Demand Reduction Strategies to Combat Illegal Trade in CITES-listed Species: Document proposing a new resolution focused on reducing demand for illegally traded specimens of CITES-listed species. Read the document. pdf

Empowering the Next Generation: CITES & Youth Engagement–Report of the Youth Forum on People and Wildlife: Document, co-sponsored by South Africa, discussing the need to engage youth in CITES and presenting an opportunity for reporting out from the Youth Forum on People and Wildlife, and the Youth and Conservation Programme. Read the document. pdf

International trade in live Appendix-II animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations: Document proposing revisions to Resolution Conf. 11.20 on Definition of the term ‘appropriate and acceptable destinations’ to provide further guidance on what is meant by “appropriate and acceptable destinations” in annotations for species that have been transferred from Appendix I to Appendix II to allow trade in live animals. Read the document. pdf

Annotations for species listed in the CITES Appendices: Report of the Standing Committee Working Group on Annotations. Read the report. pdf

Review of precious corals in international trade: Document proposing draft decisions for a study of the trade in precious corals (black and red and pink corals). Read the document. pdf


The United States will submit the following information documents to CoP17

An Investigation into the Trade of Nautilus, published April 2016: TRAFFIC/ World Wildlife Fund completed a year-long investigation of the impact of trade on chambered nautiluses. The report investigated the harvest and trade of chambered nautiluses in key Southeast Asian fishing locations, including Indonesia and the Philippines, and in major consumer markets in the United States and Europe. It found that there is substantial harvest and trade that may threaten the conservation of chambered nautiluses, including significant volumes of chambered nautilus shells and shell products that are entering international trade, with a growing amount of trade occurring online. The current absence of management for these species and lack of mechanisms to track international trade in their products mask the overall volume of harvest and trade that is occurring. Read the report. pdf

Chambered Nautilus Experts Workshop Report Summary, published April 2015: NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a joint workshop in June 2014 that brought together experts in the study of chambered nautiluses to discuss recent and historical biological and trade data. The workshop was intended to inform the U.S. Government about the status and biology of chambered nautilus populations, their demand in international trade, and what impact such trade may have on wild populations. This document provides an overview of each presentation made at the workshop, and the discussions and outcomes surrounding species characteristics, status and trends of chambered nautiluses, and their utilization and trade. Read the report. pdf