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Two women sentenced to 12 months in jail for smuggling thirteen endangered iguanas seized by the United Kingdom Border Force

On Monday 3 February 2014 two women were arrested at Heathrow Airport in London, after 13 endangered San Salvador iguanas (Cyclura rileyi), a species included in CITES Appendix I, were found by Border Force officers carrying out customs checks. The women arrived on a flight from the Bahamas and were due to fly on to Dusseldorf, Germany. The iguanas were each wrapped in an individual sock and had been stuffed into suitcases.

FAO and CITES support African countries with the implementation of recent shark listings

Consultancy announcement

The following consulting opportunity to assist the CITES Secretariat with the establishment and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans is now available.

The Terms of Reference for the consultancy are available here in PDF format.

Applications must be submitted to [email protected] before 11 April 2014.

CITES Celebrates the International Day of Forests

CITES welcomes Viet Nam Prime Minister’s Directive to combat wildlife crime

Viet Nam’s Prime Minister, Mr Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, has issued a Directive to Ministries, sectors and local authorities to prioritise and strengthen responses to wildlife crime, including the trafficking of African elephant ivory and rhino horn.

CITES welcomes UNESCO, UNODC and UNWTO anti-trafficking campaign

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to promote a global campaign urging travellers to support the fight against a number of forms of trafficking, including wildlife trafficking.

CITES Secretary General at World Tourism Forum Think Tank

CITES Secretary General at World Tourism Forum Think Tank
Lucerne, March 2 2014

On the eve of World Wildlife Day, the Secretary General of CITES, John E Scanlon has, by invitation, addressed the World Tourism Forum Think Tank.

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the World Wildlife Day website

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the World Wildlife Day website. See more 

The 180th Party: Iraq

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Republic of Iraq as the 180th Party to CITES.
Iraq is located in the Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf in the south east.

CITES Secretariat welcomes Operation Cobra II results

Geneva, 10 February 2014 – The CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, today welcomed the excellent results achieved by law enforcement officers from 28 countries during Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade, which ended on 27 January 2014.