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Preparing for the 18th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may propose amendments to the CITES Appendices for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. The eighteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18) is scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 23 to June 3, 2019. We have published a federal register notice (and an extended version) that describe proposed amendments to the CITES Appendices (species proposals) as well as proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items that the United States might submit for consideration at CoP18. We invite your comments and information on these proposals. The notice also provides information on how U.S. nongovernmental organizations can attend CoP18 as observers. Public comments will be accepted until November 30, 2018.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. A State or country that has agreed to implement the Convention is called a Party to CITES. Currently there are 182 Parties and the European Union.

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 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from May 23 – June 3, 2019. Additional information on CoP18, can be found on the event website.

How can I contribute information or ideas for CITES CoP18?

We’re committed to conducting an open and transparent process as we prepare for CoP18 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 CoP18. 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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Previous Federal Register Notices


October 1: 83 FR 49421 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); Eighteenth Regular Meeting: Taxa Being Considered for Amendments to the CITES Appendices and Proposed Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items Being Considered; Observer Information. An extended version of this notice describes each of the positions in detail and explains the rationale for United States' current thinking.

March 12: 83 FR 10736 Request for Information and Recommendations on Resolutions, Decisions, and Agenda Items for Considerationat the Eighteenth Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

January 23: 83 FR 3179 - Species Proposals for Consideration at the Eighteenth Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

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