CITES

ICCWC Wildlife Support Team Sent to Sri Lanka [viewed]

ICCWC deploys a Wildlife25 July 2013: The International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST), with the goal of collecting DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized by local customs authorities.

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Use of CITES E-Permitting Toolkit Highlighted at WCO Course [viewed]

CITES17 July 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) Knowledge Academy for Customs brought together experts in customs and international trade to discuss, inter alia, the use of the WCO Data Model, an international standard for meeting the procedural and legal needs of cross-border regulatory agencies, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) e-permitting toolkit.

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CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms [viewed]

CITESJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that they undertook back-to-back legislative assistance missions to Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago from 10-21 June 2013.

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Report of the First Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks Released [viewed]

Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement NetworksJuly 2013: The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has released the report of the first global meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WEN), which convened on the margins of 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) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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CITES, UNEP Welcome Developments in Combating Wildlife Trafficking [viewed]

CITES UNEPJuly 3 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has welcomed the Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking issued by US President Barack Obama, while UNEP has profiled a new tool for dating elephant husks as well as a poster campaign to curb demand for illegal wildlife products.

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Workshop Addresses Integration of MEAs into NBSAPs [viewed]

MEAs into NBSAPs2 July 2013: A workshop on improving the capacity of Francophone African National Focal Points in identifying indicators and integrating the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) objectives into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) brought together National Focal Points for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS and CITES from eight Francophone African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Togo), supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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G8 Leaders Recognize the Urgency of Addressing Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

CITES24 June 2013: At the G8 Summit held from 17-18 June 2013, at Lough Erne, the United Kingdom, G8 leaders noted in their communiqué that the fight against illegal trade in wildlife is as important as fighting corruption, transnational organized crime and the illicit trafficking of drugs and people.

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CITES CoP16 Decisions and Resolutions Enter into Force [viewed]

CITES14 June 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that the new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP16), which convened in Bangkok in March 2013, entered into force on 12 June 2013.

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IUCN, CBD and Partners Launch 'Friends of Target 12' [viewed]

cbd12target28 May 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other organizations, including 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), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and TRAFFIC, have launched a new partnership, called 'Friends of Target 12,' aimed at guiding countries towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 adopted under the CBD in 2010.

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UN Secretary-General, Prince of Wales Highlight Urgency of Addressing Poaching, Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

CITES UNEP23 May 2013: In his report to the UN Security Council on the activities of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and on the Lord's Resistance Army-affected areas, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that increases in poaching, mainly targeting elephants, are a growing security concern in Central Africa. 

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