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9-Steps-NDF-Guidance for Perennial Plants

Cover of the NDF Guidance for Perennial Plants, Version 3.0

In the follow-up process of the 2008 NDF expert meeting in Cancun, Mexico, the German Scientific Authority, together with TRAFFIC International and WWF Germany have developed a 9-Steps-process to make scientifically sound NDFs for perennial plants. This Guidance was presented at the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th meetings of the CITES Plants Committee in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 respectively. The Committee recommended that "Germany submit the Guidance on making non-detriment findings for perennial plants to the Secretariat for inclusion on the CITES website, and that Parties be invited to try out the Guidelines and provide feedback to Germany". The Committee encouraged Parties to also use the Guidance for making Non-detriment Findings for CITES-listed tree species, and provide feedback. “The Committee…encouraged all Parties to continue sharing guidance on making non-detriment findings with the Secretariat and the Plants Committee.”

The 9-Steps-NDF-Guidance has been presented at a side event at CoP 17 and as CoP17 Inf. 45 in 2016. Version 3.0 consists of the Guidance text and worksheets in MS-Excel format. Both, the Guidance text and the worksheets are presently available in the following languages:

English: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
Chinese: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
French: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
Georgian: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
Italian: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
Korean: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)
Spanish: Guidance text (pdf)/ worksheets (xlsx)

To download the Guidance texts you will with the exception of the English version be redirected to the CITES website.

NDF Capacity Building Workshops on Perennial Plants

9 Steps NDF Workshop, June 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia
The picture shows participants of the 9 Steps NDF Workshop held in June 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

This Guidance has already been used during a series of training workshops: in November 2012 in Hanoi, Vietnam; in November 2014 in Lima, Peru; and in June 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The idea of these workshops is to apply the 9-Steps-methodology and to learn from each other. The latest workshop was the Sino-German Workshop on CITES NDFs Guidance for Perennial Plants held in December 2015 in Shenzhen, China.

The workshops are excellent examples of international cooperation in CITES helping improving the implementation of the Convention.

Lessons learned from all these workshops have fed into a revision of the Guidance, which led to the improved current Version 3.0.


9 Steps NDF Workshop, November 2014, Lima, Peru
The picture shows participants of the 9 Steps NDF Workshop held in November 2014 in Lima, Peru

9 Steps NDF Workshop, November 2012, Hanoi, Viet Nam. Image: CITES Vietnam
The picture shows participants of the 9 Steps NDF Workshop held  in November 2012 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.  Image: CITES Vietnam.

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