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World Ranger Day 2015 - message from CITES Secretary-General

World Ranger Day honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants.  It was first observed in 2007, on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF).

CITES welcomes G7 Leaders' on-going commitment to combating illegal trade in wildlife

The 181st Party: the European Union

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the European Union as the 181st Party to CITES.

ASEAN member States discuss enhancing regional cooperation to combat poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

CITES commends leading Chinese courier companies' zero tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade

Government of India hosted Asian regional workshop on the management of wild and planted agarwood taxa

Forty delegates from 15 countries attended an Asian regional workshop on the management of wild and planted agarwood taxa held in Assam, from the 19th to the 23th January 2015. Participants included representatives of most Asian agarwood range States.

New shark fin identification tool released

Trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe - Public statement of the CITES Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has received copies of various news articles, as well as other communications by private individuals and special interest groups, concerning alleged trade in live African elephants from Zimbabwe to destinations in China and the United Arab Emirates.

The Secretariat is issuing this public statement to explain the application of CITES to this trade, and to clarify the relevant procedures.

China, the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe are all Parties to CITES.

CITES Secretary-General visits Thailand to discuss national ivory action plan. Plans by Parties of ‘secondary concern’ and ‘importance to watch’ being finalized.

CITES Secretary-General visits Thailand to discuss national ivory action plan
National ivory action plans by Parties of ‘secondary concern’
and ‘importance to watch’ being finalized


East Asia Summit adopts Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) welcomes the “Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking” adopted on the occasion of the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 13 November 2014.

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