CITES

Event: First Global Meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks [viewed]

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), in close collaboration with the US Department of State, is organizing the first global meeting of the wildlife enforcement networks. The event will be held alongside the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16).  

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Event: 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee [viewed]

The 63rd Meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee, will address: arrangements for the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties; potential conflicts of interest; cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); and other issues.  

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IUCN/TRAFFIC Report Submitted to CITES Highlights Status, Conservation and Trade in Rhino [viewed]

22 January 2013: A new Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) notification highlights that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC Final Report referred to in CITES Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15) was received by the Secretariat in late December 2012 and is now available.

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CMS Comments on CITES Marine Listing Proposals [viewed]

30 January 2013: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat announced that comments have been provided to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat on the marine species proposals for listing on CITES Appendix I or II at the forthcoming 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013.

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CITES Reveals New Logo Celebrating 40 Years of Convention [viewed]

January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced a new logo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Convention.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Progress on Conservation of Albatrosses, Petrels, Argali and Cross-River Gorilla [viewed]

January 2013: The December-January issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights recent progress, including that four of the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (tRFMOS) have adopted seabird conservation measures that incorporate the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)'s best practice advice for pelagic long line fisheries.

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CITES Issues Statement on Recent Trade of Elephants [viewed]

CITES11 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has issued a public statement to explain the application of CITES to African elephants, in light of a recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to a zoo in China.

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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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