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Sustainable Trade in Tarantulas: Action Plan for North America

May 17, 2017 52 pages
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Sustainable Trade in Tarantulas: Action Plan for North America

May 17, 2017 52 pages


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This document is one of a set of five action plans that were prepared as part of a project by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to promote legal, sustainable and traceable trade in selected North American species that are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The five action plans were produced under the guidance of the CITES Authorities of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Sixteen tarantula species, comprising one from the genus Aphonopelma and 15 from the genus Brachypelma, were selected as “priority tarantula species” and are the subject of this action plan. Information was compiled for the species as a group, including: the impact of trade on conservation and livelihoods; making CITES non-detriment findings (NDFs); and identification challenges for CITES enforcement. The 16 species were also assessed as to their distribution, conservation status, trade and commercial value. A total of 18 recommended actions are proposed, related to: improved cooperation among North American stakeholders involved in the trade chain; government policies that promote captive-breeding and sustainable trade in Mexico; biological and trade information; and conservation and enforcement. These actions were developed based on the information compiled for this document and from consultation with stakeholders. Consultation included a stakeholder workshop held on 25–26 October 2016 in Mexico City.

Additional Information

Document Type: Project publication
Theme: Ecosystems, Enforcement, Green Growth


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