USAID BIJAK and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry test the updated Integrated Information System to manage export quotas of endangered Species

31 March 2021 The painted terrapin is a critically endangered species according to IUCN. It is listed in Appendix II, with a zero quota for commercial trade of wild-captured specimens (Photo: ltshears  CC BY-SA 3.0) The painted terrapin is a critically endangered species according to IUCN. It is listed in Appendix II, with a zero quota for commercial trade of wild-captured specimens (Photo: ltshears CC BY-SA 3.0)

As one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Indonesia is a source of wild plants and animals that supply the global market. The growing legal and illegal trade in wildlife has resulted in the decline of populations in the wild and has driven several species to the brink of extinction.  In response to this threat, Indonesia has been working to working to improve management of legal wildlife trade through a quota system to restrict the export of species listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix II.  In recent months, BIJAK has provided technical assistance to the Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation (KKH) to update an online information system (SIASAT) to manage export licenses for CITES Appendix II-listed species.  The SIASAT system, first developed in 2018, had not been rolled out for national use because it did not include mechanisms to track the permitting process and monitor the use of quotas across regions.  Last week BIJAK demonstrated the updated SIASAT to KKH and a focus group of exporters who tested the system.   During the trial, participating exporters successfully registered and applied for export permits and KKH staff received hands-on training to operate the system and verify the permit applications.  The updated SIASAT can now aggregate export permit data entered at the regional level up to the national level to allow for more coordinated quota management.  The updated system makes the permitting process more transparent and organized because once registered, users can use the system track their export permit applications.  In addition, the system automatically prevents new export permit applications from being submitted when annual quotas have already been exceeded. BIJAK and KKH will use feedback from the trial to refine the system before its national launch at the end of April 2021.