CITES

CITES Report Finds Increased Elephant Poaching, Ivory Seizures [viewed]

CITES21 June 2012: A report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) highlights that elephant poaching is at record levels in a decade, as are ivory seizures since 1989. The report stresses the need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan.

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Biodiversity Conventions, UNEP Strengthen MEA Coordination Through Focal Points [viewed]

20 June 2012: Four regional UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Biodiversity Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Focal Points met with the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) to address MEA coordination.

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Rhino Documentary Premieres at Rio+20 [viewed]

CITES18 June 2012: The UN TV and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) launched a documentary titled “Rhino Under Threat” at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CITES Announces GEF/UNEP-Backed Rhino Project [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced the approval by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of an innovative rhino project. The project, backed by the GEF and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will strengthen wildlife forensic capabilities in South Africa to combat wildlife crimes. 

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CITES Announces Premiere of "Rhinos Under Threat" [viewed]

CITES11 June 2012: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with UNTV, produced a movie titled "Rhino under Threat," which aims to raise public awareness of the current crisis faced by rhinoceros due to illegal killing and the international trade in rhino horn. 

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy [viewed]

5 June 2012: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, “Green Economy: Does it Include You?” highlighting the central role of communities in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green economy. The estimated 9,000 WED activities held worldwide included tree planting and the official launch of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Brazil.

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CITES Secretary-General Testifies on Wildlife Trade Before US Senate Committee [viewed]

CITES24 May 2012: In testimony delivered before the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), highlighted that illegal trade in wildlife is happening at a scale that poses an immediate risk to both wildlife and people.

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InforMEA Expands to Include New Tools and Members [viewed]

24 May 2012:  The Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA), which was launched in 2011, has expanded its platform to include new tools as well as new members.

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CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development [viewed]

CITES14 May 2012: Asian countries recently discussed the development and use of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's (CITES) e-permitting systems, and e-permitting's role in promoting legal, sustainable and traceable international trade in CITES-listed species.

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CITES Awards Commendation for Wildlife Trade Enforcement [viewed]

John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General, and Yin Hong, State Forestry Administration9 May 2012: John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China, coordinated by the CITES Management Authority of China. The award comes in recognition of two nationwide wildlife law enforcement operations carried out earlier this year.

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