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CITES highlights its contribution to sustainable forest management on International Day of Forests 2016

Today is the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, and home to more than 80% of all known terrestrial species of animals and plants. They play a vital role in storing water, regulating climate, preserving soils and nurturing biodiversity, and provide important economic and social services. 

CITES Secretary-General's statement on outcomes of World Wildlife Day 2016

The global community observed UN World Wildlife Day for the third time on 3 March 2016 with countries and people from right across the globe rallying around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands”.

This special day for wildlife on the UN calendar has once again given the world a chance to reconnect with our planet’s wild side and to acknowledge our collective responsibility to bring illegal wildlife trade to an end.

Call for entries: poster design contest for World Wildlife Day 2016

The 182nd Party to CITES: Tajikistan

19 January 2016:  The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Tajikistan as the 182nd Party to CITES.
Tajikistan is situated in Central Asia, bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.

Opening remarks by Chairman of the Standing Committee at the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

Opening Remarks
by Mr Øystein Størkersen, Chairman of the Standing Committee

at the Sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee

Geneva (Switzerland), 11 January 2016

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 - CITES Secretary-General's Op Ed

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.