Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Johannesburg, South Africa

     A Collaborative Framework to Ensure
Sustainable and Legal Trade of Reptile Skins

         Sandton Convention Centre - Exhibition Room 2D


Illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife has become an issue of global proportions and concern, putting at risk the existence of species all over the planet and the livelihoods and security of millions of people.

In response to this problem, global efforts have been scaled up to combat illicit activities and the networks and commercial routes that stimulate and sponsor wildlife trafficking and illegal trade.

For species and derived products that have trade bans such as ivory, rhino horn and other Appendix I species, a number of very promising results have been seen in recent years that attest to the increasing effectiveness of actions to reduce demand, strengthen control and enforcement, and investigate and prosecute offenders, among others.

For species and derived products where international trade is allowed, there are a number of opportunities that could explored and promoted to combat illegal trade more effectively by strengthening the frameworks and tools allowing for sustainable and legal trade to flourish, while at the same time empowering local communities as custodians of biodiversity and crucial partners in eradicating illegal activities.

Such is the case of many species of crocodilian, snakes and lizards. The reptile industry provides livelihood opportunities for millions of people around the world and for many years has pioneered market-based initiatives for the sustainable use. Exploring ways to strengthen this industry and its regulatory frameworks could have concrete and long-lasting effects on creating market-based positive economic incentives for conservation of species and habitats, the humane treatment of the animals, and the eradication of illegal trade.


The overall goal of the side-event will be to position the sustainable use of crocodiles and snakes as a way to contribute to and achieve CITES goals and empower communities to effectively participate as active partners in these efforts.

This objective will be achieved by putting forward a proposed collaborative framework for ensuring sustainable and legal trade of reptile skins and its contribution to the conservation of the species and their habitats.

Specific objectives of the side-event will include providing examples and results of work being undertaken to advance this framework, including on:
• Empowering local communities to become the main custodians of the species and their habitats.
• Developing best-practices on wild harvesting based production systems.
• Improving NDF models development and implementation.
• Exploring the potential of complementarity between wild-harvesting and captive breeding systems to increase production volumes sustainably.
• Advancing species identification and traceability methods to strengthen control and enforcement.


17h30 – 17h35 Welcome remarks and introduction to the meeting
Mr. Eduardo Escobedo, RESP

17h35 – 18h50 Panel discussion: Effective tools and methodologies to advance sustainable production, management and enforcement of reptile skin trade.

The panel will provide a platform for discussion on potential elements that could be included in a collaborative framework for reptile skins including presenting case-studies on a number of ongoing initiatives working in this direction.

Moderator: Ms. Auria Dwi Putri, RESP – What could a collaborative framework look like from the RESP perspective?

Ms. Isabel Camarena, CITES Scientific Authority of Mexico
Complementary production systems: a community-based ranching protocol for Morelet’s crocodile

Ms. Ratna Kusuma Sari, CITES Management Authority of Indonesia
Development of a traceability systems for reticulated Python

Mr. Mark Auliya, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and Ms. Gillian Murray-Dickson, Royal Zoological Society Scotland
Forensic applications based on population genetics

Ms. Ségolène Trevidic, LVMH Group
An industry perspective on the importance of ensuring sustainable and legal trade

Ms. Alejandra García Naranjo, RESP
Opportunities and challenges to linking these elements together

Questions and interactive discussions

18h50 – 19h00 Closing remarks