External Reports

A selection of technical reports of relevance to elephants and their conservation

CoP16 Working group
Draft Revision Of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (RevCoP15) On Trade In Elephant Specimens (2013)
CoP16 Com II 26

This document updates Annex 2 in CoP16 Doc 26 (see this original document, it is below on this reports list). Changes focus on, inter alia, recognizing the need to take urgent action to combat illegal trade, recommending Parties have measures to prevent illegal trade in live elephants, and additional requirements for trophy importing. Note measures regarding ivory marking, stockpile inventories and traceability of elephant specimens basically is not changed in this draft decision from what is stated in CoP16 Doc 26. That is to say, these issues were introduced in January on the revision prepared then and that language (on these issues) has essentially been retained in this updated revision of Res. Conf. 10.10 created in the last few days.

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CoP16 Working Group of Germany, Kenya, the Philippines and USA
Draft Decision By The CoP On Monitoring The Illegal Trade In Ivory And Other Elephant Specimens (2013)
CoP16 Com II 22

This draft decision directs the Secretariat, inter alia, to convene a CITES ivory enforcement task force and controlled deliverables workshop, advise Parties on forensic techniques and develop, with the World Bank & other partners, an anti-laundering and asset recovery manual that has a wildlife crime focus. The draft decision directs the Parties to sample large-scale seizures and submit it to appropriate forensic analysis facilities within 60 days.

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Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone
Proposed Revision Of Resolution Conf 10.9 On Consideration Of Proposals For The Transfer Of African Elephant Populations From Appendix I To Appendix II (2013)
CoP16 Doc73

This proposal recommends a streamlined process for creating a Panel of Experts to consider any proposals to down-list an elephant population because delays surrounding CoP15 proposals, especially with regards to translation, frustrated the process of review for several Range States. The proposal recommends a standing Panel of Experts rather than identifying and assembling a Panel of Experts when a down-listing proposal occurs. The proposal also recommends that the funding of this Panel be met by the Proponent State (i.e. the Range State seeking to change the listing of its elephant populations) rather than through the CITES regular budget.

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Nigeria and Rwanda
Proposed New Resolution Concerning The African Elephant Action Plan And African Elephant Fund (2013)
CoP16 Doc 53.3

This proposal urges stakeholders, as a matter of priority, to provide financial contributions to the African Elephant Fund to support implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan. It directs the CITES Secretariat to integrate the need to fundraise for the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan into its overall strategy, and it directs the Standing Committee to request that UNEP provide the necessary secretarial support to the Steering Committee of the African Elephant Fund to ensure it is able to meet its obligations concerning the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan.

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Nigeria in consultation with the Secretariat
Proposed New Resolution Concerning The African Elephant Action Plan And African Elephant Fund (2013)
Cop16 ComII 17

This draft new resolution concerning the African Elephant Action Plan and African Elephant Fund, this builds on CoP16 Doc 53.3 (rev2). It encourages prioritization by the range states of the AEF; it invites Parties and donors as a matter of urgency to support the implementation of the AEAP and financial contribute to AEF, and it requests the CITES Secretariat to promote fundraising.

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Secretariat in consultation with Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya.
Draft Decision Of The CoP On The Decision-Making Mechanism For A Process Of Trade In Ivory (DMM) (2013)
Cop16 Com II 18

Basically this decision has the parties discussing the DMM in an inter-sessional working group to be formed at SC64.

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TRAFFIC International - T. Milliken, R.W. Burn, F.M. Underwood and L. Sangalakula
The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) And The Illicit Trade In Ivory (2012)
CoP16 Doc 53.2.2

A report to the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, 4 October 2012 This report is the fifth major assessment of the ETIS data and constitutes TRAFFIC’s reporting obligations for CoP16. A Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach is used which refines and improves the robustness of the analysis here compared to past analyses of ETIS data. The report is based on 18,302 elephant product seizure records, representing law enforcement actions in 89 countries or territories since 1989 (as of 26 June 2012). Trends in global illegal ivory trade activity are depicted using a Transaction Index involving 6 ivory type and weight categories. A cluster analysis is used to identify those countries or territories most prominently implicated in the illicit trade in ivory so that appropriate interventions can be considered pursuant to the Convention. A discussion of the possibility of a correlation between past CITES-approved one- off ivory sales and the trend in the illicit ivory trade is included, and how other factors (better law enforcement, changing cultural practices and fashion, more public awareness or economic stagnation) are simultaneously occurring that serve to mitigate, hide or totally dominate the impact, if any, of the one-off sales. (see also www.cites.org/esp/com/sc/62/S62-46-01.pdf)

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TRAFFIC International - T. Milliken, R.W. Burn, F.M. Underwood and L. Sangalakula
The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) And The Illicit Trade In Ivory (2013)
CoP16 Doc 53.2.2

A report to the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, 4 October 2012 This report is the fifth major assessment of the ETIS data and constitutes TRAFFIC’s reporting obligations for CoP16. A Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach is used which refines and improves the robustness of the analysis here compared to past analyses of ETIS data. The report is based on 18,302 elephant product seizure records, representing law enforcement actions in 89 countries or territories since 1989 (as of 26 June 2012). Trends in global illegal ivory trade activity are depicted using a Transaction Index involving 6 ivory type and weight categories. A cluster analysis is used to identify those countries or territories most prominently implicated in the illicit trade in ivory so that appropriate interventions can be considered pursuant to the Convention. See also www.cites.org/esp/com/sc/62/S62-46-01.pdf

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