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

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The Service has 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 Service will consider these recommendations and determine whether to put forward a proposal for consideration at the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES to be held in Sri Lanka in 2019. Public comments will be accepted until March 26, 2018. Read the Federal Register notice and learn how to submit comments.

See you in Sri Lanka at COP18 (Images of Sri Lanka) Credit: CITESThe 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 website of the CITES Secretariat.

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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