Some 70 experts from 11 Parties were brought together in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2018 at the CITES Tree Species Programme Regional Meeting for Central and South America and the Caribbean hosted by the Argentinian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. The meeting was organized with the support of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) through the CITES Tree Species Programme.
The CITES Tree Species Programme aims to ensure the sustainable management of rare tree species and their products and to contribute to the legal, traceable, and fair trade in products from CITES-listed tree species. The Programme is also expected to help improve and strengthen forest governance, policies for forest management, enforcement capacity and ensure long-term benefits to sustainable economic growth at country level through a healthy private sector and long-term poverty alleviation.
Participants were provided a general overview of the CITES Tree Species Programme, the work done in Central and South America and the Caribbean and particularly on trade routes and patterns in the region. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua explained how they will be implementing their respective projects that will soon be funded under the programme.
The joint meeting with colleagues from INTERPOL provided an opportunity to reinforce the knowledge on identification, marking, traceability and monitoring of timber shipments in the region and to promote synergies and future collaboration in this crucial field of work.
The Report on the Regional Meeting can be found here.
The Banner for the Regional Meeting can be found here.