The Regional Workshop on the Evaluation of Capacities to Identify Woods in the Trade of CITES-listed Priority Timber Species was conducted as part of the Supporting Sustainable Trade of CITES Species project, under the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) 2017–2018 Operational Plan. The workshop took place in the city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, on 6–8 November 2018. It brought together policymakers, environmental law enforcement officials, and the authorities responsible for enforcing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), along with researchers, producers, nongovernmental organizations, and industry representatives.
The objective was to exchange information and experiences, as well as databases, methodologies and tools, on identifying wood from six tree species (Dalbergia granadillo, D. retusa, D. stevensonii, Swietenia humilis, S. macrophylla and S. mahagoni), and thus lead to strengthening the application of CITES and other laws regulating their trade in North America. This was a priority published in the CEC’s Action Plan for North America on the Sustainable Trade in Timber. Based on the information shared in presentations and plenary discussions during the workshop, information gaps were identified, as well as actions needed to fill them. This report presents recommendations discussed during the workshop that were devised with the intent of continuing activities aimed at supporting and strengthening the sustainable use of priority timber species.