When and where is CITES CoP16?

CITES CoP16 will take place from 3 to 14 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

What is CITES?

CITES is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that the international trade in animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Currently there are 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants covered by the Convention.

Australia is one of 176 Parties to CITES. More information on CITES can be found at .

The species covered by CITES are listed under three Appendices that define the degree of protection for each species.

What is the CITES CoP?

The CITES CoP is the main decision-making body for the Convention and meets every two to three years. The last CITES CoP (CoP15) was held in Doha, Qatar in March 2010.

The CITES CoP meetings:

  • review progress in the conservation of species included in the CITES Appendices
  • consider, and where appropriate adopt, proposals to amend the lists of species in Appendices I1 and II2
  • consider documents and reports from the Parties, and the CITES Standing Committee, Plants and Animals Committees, Secretariat and working groups
  • recommend measures to improve the effectiveness of the Convention through the adoption of resolutions and decisions and
  • make provisions (including the adoption of a budget) necessary to allow the CITES Secretariat to function effectively.

Further information on CITES CoP16 is available on the CITES website .

What will be discussed at CITES CoP16?

The agenda and documents to be discussed at CITES CoP16 are posted on the CITES website . The agenda includes:



1 CITES Appendix I
These species are threatened with extinction due to international trade. Trade in these species is generally prohibited except for specimens harvested prior to the date of listing on CITES (pre-CITES) or under exceptional licensed circumstances.
NB. Australia applies a 'Stricter domestic measure' to some species (including elephants and cetaceans) to upgrade them from CITES Appendix II to CITES Appendix I.

2 CITES Appendix II
These species are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so if trade is not properly regulated.