As part of joint amphibian trade workshops conducted in March 2015 in Washington DC and Singapore, several amphibian species were identified as needing attention in terms of regulation of international trade. These workshops, organized by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), Defenders of Wildlife, Animal Welfare Institute and Singapore Zoo, were the first stepping stone in the development of amphibian proposals for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Conference of the Parties 17 (COP17), in Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 September-5 October 2016. CITES is an international agreement between governments, whose aim is to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

A total of five amphibian proposals were submitted to CITES by the range states of Bolivia and Peru, Madagascar and China, covering seven anuran and one salamander species. These proposals received input from IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) members and other experts prior to their submission to CITES.

The amphibian proposals, numbered Prop.37 – 41, were brought before CITES CoP17 during the evening of 3rd October in Committee 1. During a late session, where the Committee 1 Chair had highlighted several times the need to progress at a rapid rate, each proposal was reviewed;

  • Prop. 37 – The transfer of Dyscophus antongilii, from Appendix I to Appendix II.
  • Prop. 38 – To include Dyscophus guineti & D. insularis in App. II.
  • Prop. 39 – To include Scaphiophryne marmoratS. boriboryS. spinosa all on App. II.
  • Prop. 40 – To include  Telmatobius culeus in App. I.
  • Prop. 41 – To include Paramesotriton hongkongensis in App. II.

For all 5 proposals, the provisional outcomes were all to “Adopted by consensus”, which were conferred at Plenary on 4thOct., without any members seeking to re-open any of the proposals.

Photo: Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongilli), Maroantsetra, Madagascar © Frank Vassen