CITES

Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Angola Joins CITES as 179th Party [viewed]

CITES9 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that the Republic of Angola has joined the Convention as its 179th Party. 

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Regional Economic Integration Organizations Can Now Accede to CITES [viewed]

CITES3 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that an amendment to the Convention will enter into force allowing regional economic integration organizations to accede to the Convention. The amendment, known as the 'Gaborone amendment,' was adopted in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 years ago, on 30 April 1983. 

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AFWC 19th Session Discusses Natural Resources and Africa's Economy [viewed]

fao-afwc1 October 2013: The 19th session of the African Forestry Wildlife Commission (AFWC) met in Windhoek, Namibia, from 30 September to 4 October, 2013. In his opening statement, Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, noted with regret that Africa is leading in losing natural resources, especially forests. 

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Event: Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum [viewed]

Organized under the auspices of The World Bank Global Tiger Initiative in cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and partners, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others, the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum will bring together representatives and experts from snow leopard range countries to discuss the status and future of snow leopards.  

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African Countries to Consider CITES in Single Window Establishment [viewed]

CITES20 September 2013: The International Single Window Conference and Exhibition, which took place from 16-18 September, in Antananarivo, Madagascar, brought together 150 customs and government officials, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wildlife and Fauna (CITES), to take stock of progress on the establishment of Single Window environments in Africa, noting the progress made in Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, among many others.

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CITES Prepares for the Implementation of Regulations on Shark and Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2013: Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have exactly one year to implement the listings of oceanic whitetip shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, great hammerhead shark, smooth hammerhead shark, porbeagle shark and manta rays, which they adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The listings will enter into force on 14 September 2014.

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WCO Report Reviews Compliance under Trade-Related MEAs [viewed]

wco28 June 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) released its annual Illicit Trade Report, which for the first time presents information across five thematic areas in one publication and recognizes the linkages among illicit trade in different commodities. Among its six chapters, the Report features an Environment Section that reviews compliance with the main multi-lateral environment agreements (MEAs) with international trade-related provisions.

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ACTO Parties Review Progress on Implementation of CITES E-Permitting Systems [viewed]

Cites Otca30 August 2013: During a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from 22-23 August 2013, members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) noted substantial progress on the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting systems and Single Window environments, especially in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. 

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Event: 27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session [viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.  

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