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Sustainable Trade in Timber: Action Plan for North America

May 17, 2017 48 pages
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Sustainable Trade in Timber: Action Plan for North America

May 17, 2017 48 pages


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.

Eight plant taxa, from two genera of cacti and two genera of trees, were selected as “priority timber species” and are the subject of this action plan. Information was compiled for the taxa 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 eight taxa were also assessed as to their distribution, conservation status, trade and commercial value. A total of 17 recommended actions are proposed, to: improve cooperation among North American stakeholders; support field and trade research; build enforcement capacity; improve community awareness; review and establish government policy; and increase sustainable production of wood in Mexico. 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