At their Seventh Meeting (Bonn, September 2014), IOSEA Signatory States identified priority actions to be undertaken by the Signatory States, Advisory Committee and Secretariat until the next IOSEA Meeting. These were agreed on the basis of a review of the implementation of the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan, as well as consideration of the IOSEA paper 'Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region' . 

Below is a summary of the IOSEA Programme of Work on illegal take and trade for 2015-2017.

Actor Proposed Action
Secretariat Use the existing paper MT-IOSEA/SS.7/Doc.10.1 to increase to increase the visibility of illegal take/trade issues (e.g. on the IOSEA website) and update it in due course, as part of a joint submission (with the IAC Secretariat) to CITES COP17 (South Africa, 2016).
Signatory States, Secretariat, Advisory Committee Establish a working group to address issues related to turtle trade.


IOSEA Working Group to address issues related to marine turtle trade

In the aftermath of the Seventh Meeting of IOSEA Signatory States (Bonn, September 2014), it was decided to establish a working group to address issues related to turtle take and trade. This decision was prompted by the findings of the IOSEA synthesis report "Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region", which highlighted numerous examples of ongoing illegal activity across the region.

Expressions of interest to participate in the Working Group have included:

  • Among IOSEA Signatory States: Australia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, United States
  • Among IOSEA Advisory Committee members: Dr. Colin Limpus, Dr. Jeff Miller
  • Among partner international organisations: the InterAmerican Sea Turtle Convention (IAC)

During the course of 2015, the Working Group was consulted on and provided inputs to several iterations of the revised Executive Summary (of the synthesis report), which was ultimately submitted as a Information Document for consideration by the 66th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (Geneva, January 2016).