Trade in protected species: responsibilities of scientific authority

Responsibilities of the Scientific Authority

  • Coordinating activities with other Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Scientific Authorities within Canada;
  • Advising on the issuance of import permits for Appendix I species, by indicating whether or not the importation will be detrimental to the survival of the species;
  • Monitoring the status of native species listed in the appendices and export data, and recommends, if necessary, remedial measures to limit the export of specimens in order to maintain each species throughout its range at a level consistent with its role in ecosystems;
  • Verifying that the recipient will be able to house and care for live specimens of Appendix I species, or making recommendations to the Management Authority before the Management Authority undertakes such verification and the issues permits or certificates;
  • Providing advice to its Management Authority as to whether or not scientific institutions seeking registration for the purpose of being issued labels for scientific exchange meet the criteria;
  • Reviewing all applications submitted for consideration under Article VII, paragraph 4 or 5 of the Convention, and advises its Management Authority as to whether the facility concerned meets the criteria for producing specimens considered to be bred in captivity or artificially propagated;
  • Gathering and analyses information on the biological status of species affected by trade and assists in the preparation of proposals necessary to amend the Appendices;
  • Reviewing proposals to amend the Appendices submitted by other Parties;
  • Participating in the Conference of the Parties and other CITES committees such as the Animal Commitee and/or Plant Committee.
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