CITES

UN General Assembly Designates 3 March as World Wildlife Day [viewed]

40th anniversary of CITES23 December 2013: The UN General Assembly has adopted Resolution A/C.2/68/L.48, which designates 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of wild fauna and flora worldwide. 

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Polar Bear Forum Adopts Declaration, Commits to Completion of 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan [viewed]

polarbearlogo4 December 2013: Ministers from the five polar bear range States have signed a declaration to further polar bear conservation. The declaration recognizes the importance of work over the last forty years and commits to further conservation measures in the context of sustainable livelihoods. Parties have committed to completing a Circumpolar Action Plan by 2015, which will provide for measured and concerted actions to ensure the long-term conservation of the species.

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CITES Announces Smart Tool to Support the Tracking and Sustainable Use of Endangered Snakes [viewed]

CITES27 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met with European business entrepreneurs and wildlife experts to develop a new smartphone application that traces the origin of a wildlife product and helps ensure the sustainable use of many endangered species.

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CITES Announces New Web Resource on Sharks and Rays [viewed]

CITES22 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) has announced the establishment of a web section on sharks and manta rays. The announcement was also made during the 23rd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). 

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Species+ to Support Information Management of Globally Protected Species [viewed]

speciesplus13 November 2013: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the European Union have announced the release of 'Species+,' a new online information management resource for globally protected species covered under CITES, CMS and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.  

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CITES Parties Discuss the Establishment of a West Asian Wildlife Enforcement Network [viewed]

CITES11 November 2013: During a workshop organized at the request of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Parties of West Asia, a process was agreed on strengthening regional cooperation in the fight against wildlife crime. The CITES parties discussed the need for and feasibility of establishing a regional network to coordinate the enforcement of laws that regulate trade in wildlife and to share intelligence. 

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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CITES and UNCTAD Discuss Mechanisms to Ensure Sustainable Trade in Python Skins [viewed]

CITES-UNCTAD logos4 November 2013: A meeting to discuss a traceability system that will ensure a sustainable and legal supply of South-East Asian python skins took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-18 October 2013.

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