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First Deputy Minister Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia's welcoming remarks at the 22nd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee

22nd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee

19 – 23 October 2015


Welcoming remarks by Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister


Distinguished Secretary General, Mr. John Scanlon, Chair of the Plant’s Committee, Madam Margarita Clemente,

Distinguished Committee Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Guests,

CITES and Trade Agreements – Partnering to Combat Wildlife Crime and to Achieve Sustainable Development

Global trade in wild animal and plant species, including fish and timber, is on the rise - both legal and illegal. Legal and sustainable trade in certain species, such as the wool of the vicuna or the bark of the African cherry tree, can benefit people and wildlife.

Targeted training for Bangladesh law enforcement authorities on CITES and special investigative techniques to combat wildlife and forest crime

CITES Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC develop innovative ways to use the CITES Checklist and Species+

Geneva, 12 October 2015: Working in close collaboration, the CITES Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC launched today new services to make better use of the information in the CITES Checklist and Species+. These new services allow for better integration of the CITES Checklist and Species+ with national information systems and databases, facilitating the standardized use of species names and Appendix listings and reducing duplication of effort in maintaining these lists.

CITES Secretariat confirms the arrest of former wildlife director in Guinea and applauds national authorities' work

The CITES Secretariat has received formal confirmation from INTERPOL, an ICCWC (International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime) partner, that Mr. Ansoumane Doumbouya, the former wildlife director and head of the CITES Management Authority of Guinea was arrested on 14 August 2015 by the Police (the National Central Bureau of Interpol) for his suspected role in corrupt and fraudulent actions in the issuance of CITES export permits.

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