Wildlife Trade Specialists

Hump-nosed Lizard Lyriocephalus scutatus endemic to Sri Lanka and proposed for inclusion in Appendix I. Photo: Shanaka Kalubowila / CC 2.0

CITES 18th Conference of the Parties

Hump-nosed Lizard Lyriocephalus scutatus endemic to Sri Lanka and proposed for inclusion in Appendix I. Photo: Shanaka Kalubowila / CC 2.0


our Analysis, Recommendations, and guidance documents

The 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, between the 17th–28th August 2019.

Explore the IUCN/TRAFFIC Analysis of the 57 Proposals submitted, alongside our Briefing Document outlining reflections on the Agenda items as well as our recommendations on the Proposals.

Full IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of the Proposals

Summary of the IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of the Proposals

TRAFFIC CITES CoP18 Briefing Document

Anticipated Daily Agenda items

Helmeted hornbill
Helmeted hornbill

In May 2017, a Helmeted Hornbill Conservation Strategy and Action Planning Workshop developed a ten-year Conservation Strategy and Action Plan calling for unprecedented levels of international collaboration and more financial resources to scale up conservation attention aimed at targeted population recovery across the species’ range. TRAFFIC urges that the draft Decision 18.AA in the document directs Parties to report on their implementation of both Resolution Conf. 17.11 and the Action Plan, so that regulatory and enforcement gaps and weaknesses can be quickly identified.

Observations of the Helmeted Hornbill trade in Lao PDR, 2016

Songbird trade
Songbird trade

TRAFFIC notes work already conducted in Asia and the Conservation Strategy for Southeast Asian Songbirds in Trade that has been developed. TRAFFIC recommends that Parties consider a focus on this Strategy for the draft Decision 18AA, to narrow down the scope for work and anticipated outputs by the Ani-mals and Standing Committees.

Caged in the City: An inventory of birds for sale in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, 2017

Saiga antelope
Saiga antelope

marked population declines have been observed (although in some cases wild populations rapidly decline then rebound) and the species (combining both taxa currently recognised separately by CITES) has recently been assessed as Critically Endangered. While legal trade may be declining and seizures of illegal specimens are small, trade and use is still persistent. The presence of large stockpiles outside range States as a potential avenue for illegal trade also remains a concern.

A rapid assessment of the trade in Saiga Antelope horn in Peninsular Malaysia, 2019

Appendices marine fish species
Appendices marine fish species

This document argues that the listings of marine species in CITES have not been properly implemented and until they can demonstrate conservation benefit, no further proposals should be made. TRAFFIC opposes the call for a moratorium on any further proposals for the listing of marine fish species in the Appendices and does not believe that any review of the implementation of CITES listings should just be restricted to listings of marine species.

CITES Non-detriment Findings Guidance for Shark Species:

Combating wildlife cybercrime
Combating wildlife cybercrime

In recent years, traffickers have in many cases shifted away from online retail platforms such as auction sites and onto “closed” social media platforms which are more difficult to monitor. TRAFFIC therefore fully supports the proposed amendments to Resolution Conf. 11.3 and draft Decisions, particularly those encouraging greater engagement with relevant online and social media platforms, search engines and e-commerce platforms.

Wildlife Cyber Crime Trends in China: Online Monitoring Results 2017-2018

CITES and livelihoods
CITES and livelihoods

TRAFFIC supports the draft Decisions proposed here, particularly an evaluation of using registered certification marks for products of CITES-listed species produced by rural communities, in line with CITES’ aims to enhance conservation and livelihood outcomes.

Succeeding with CITES: Sustainable and equitable Jatamansi trade from Nepal: Project summary

Demand reduction strategies
Demand reduction strategies

The Secretariat commissioned TRAFFIC to conduct a study to assist Parties in the development and implementation of long-term demand reduction strategies or programmes to combat wildlife trafficking. TRAFFIC fully supports the draft Decisions that would mandate the development of demand reduction guidelines for consideration by the Standing Committee.

Final Consultant’s Report: Review Of Demand Reduction Initiatives By CITES Parties, 2019

Malagasy ebonies and rosewoods
Malagasy ebonies and rosewoods

TRAFFIC welcomes Madagascar’s efforts to implement the CITES action plan (Doc.17.204), noting the progress being made is mostly on the scientific side of its provisions. TRAFFIC supports the draft Decisions in principle but notes that there are still key issues that Madagascar should address before any process towards the resumption of legal trade can start.

Timber Island: The Rosewood and Ebony Trade of Madagascar, 2017


Keep track of the latest TRAFFIC reports published during and for CITES CoP18.

TRAFFIC's CoP18 Delegation

Steven Broad
Crawford Allan
James Compton
Thomasina Oldfield
Xu Ling
Julie Thomson
David Newton
Sarah Ferguson
Kanitha Krishnasamy
Katalin Kecse-Nagy
Tomomi Kitade
Dr. Saket Badola
Tom Milliken
Anastasiya Timoshyna
Taye Teferi
Stephanie von Meibom
Gayle Burgess
Richard Thomas
Michelle Owen
Denis Mahonghol
Willow Outhwaite
Tulia Defex
Bei Zhang
Gail Stockenstrom