CITES

Event: Taking Stock of CITES-listed Tree Species [viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is convening this workshop to discuss the results and lessons learned from the first phase of the ITTO-CITES programme and provide recommendations for the implementation of its second phase. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that International Trade in CITES-Listed tropical timber species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation, as well as to enhance the implementation of CITES listings of tropical tree species. Main themes for discussion at the workshop include an overview of the ITTO-CITES programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America with case studies presented from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia and Peru. Also on the agenda is timber tracking technologies and the identification of possible regional activities for the second phase.  

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UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching [viewed]

UN logo24 December 2012: In a presidential statement issued on 19 December, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned the ongoing attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)” in Central Africa, and called “on the United Nations and AU to jointly investigate the LRA's logistical networks and possible sources of illicit financing, including alleged involvement in elephant poaching and related illicit smuggling.”

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EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

21 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will contribute €1.73 million to INTERPOL in support of its Project Combat Wildlife Crime, which operates under the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and includes the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organisation. In addition, the EC will be providing €2 million to the MIKE programme, which monitors elephant poaching across Africa.

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Event: International Meeting on Sustainable Forest Management in CITES [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the International Tropical Timber Organization-Convention on International Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora (ITTO-CITES) Programme on ensuring international trade in CITES-Listed Timber Species is consistent with their sustainable management and conservation.  

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CITES Announces Withdrawal of Proposal on Downlisting of African Elephant [viewed]

CITES26 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced a decision by Tanzania to withdraw its proposal to downlist the African elephant from Appendix I to II.

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Maldives Joins CITES [viewed]

20 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that Maldives has become the 177th Party to CITES. 

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UNGA Committee Approves Draft Resolution on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species [viewed]

26 November 2012: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) has approved the draft resolution on “Strengthening the UN crime prevention and criminal justice programme, in particular its technical cooperation capacity” (A/C.3/67/L.15/Rev.1). 

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CITES Publishes Provisional Assessment of Proposals to Amend Appendices I and II [viewed]

CITES5 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published a provisional assessment of proposals to amend Appendices I and II. 

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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CITES Releases New Documents for CoP 16 [viewed]

CITES19 November 2012: New documents for consideration at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been made available on CITES' website. The documents pertain to: the revised Strategic Vision; the decision-making mechanism for a process of trade in ivory; and saiga antelope.

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