Happy 200th birthday Mr Darwin
are celebrating today, 12 February 2009, the 200th birthday of
Charles Darwin and the 150 anniversary of the publication of his
seminal work ‘On the Origin of Species’. Like the species it deals
with, CITES has continued to evolve since its origins, building
on Darwin's legacy. One of the big lessons from Darwin that we
need to remember nowadays is that evolution is key to survival.
As we move into a period of uncertainty and dramatic environmental,
social, political and economic changes, it is essential for us
to continue the evolution of CITES. Many thanks Mr Darwin and
happy birthday to you.