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.
Twelve turtle and tortoise species, from seven genera, were selected as “priority turtle 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; completion of CITES non-detriment findings (NDFs); and identification of challenges for CITES enforcement. The 12 species were also assessed as to their distribution, conservation status, trade and commercial value. A total of 18 recommended actions are proposed to improve cooperation among North American stakeholders; promote research on captive husbandry of Dermatemys mawii; develop policy for sustainable commercial turtle production and recovery of wild populations; and develop enforcement capacity-building. These actions were devised based on the information compiled for this document and from consultation with stakeholders.