Youth For Wildlife Conservation
Empowering people in conservation

CITES Capacity Building

The Secretariat has developed a dedicated page on the CITES website on capacity-building, which is available at In accordance with Decision 17.34 paragraph a), the page contains a list of references to capacity-building found in the current Resolutions and Decisions, and a list of possible financial resources and mechanisms to support the implementation of CITES, as well as other information relevant to capacity-building. An update on the implementation status of these Resolutions and Decisions is contained in Annexes 1 and 2 to this document.

Decisions in CITES are collectively made by Parties to CITES at the international level. At the national level, some Parties have established mechanisms to solicit public comments on draft amendment proposals and resolutions for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. Youth and youth organizations should take advantage of such opportunities and Parties should also alert the youth of such opportunities. 23. The Secretariat is of the opinion that, due to the complexity of the Convention, the youth will benefit from some guidance from Parties on the basics of the Convention. For example, youth should be made aware that science and rule of law are the backbone of the Convention in its decision-making process as they participate in CITES meetings