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The CITES Virtual College now available in Chinese

In an effort to reach larger audiences and make CITES online courses and educational materials more easily accessible, the CITES Virtual College has been translated into Chinese. This much needed resource will assist Asia in enhancing the capacities of its CITES Authorities, its efforts to ensure that international trade in CITES-listed species is legal, sustainable and traceable while also increasing its capacity to combat illicit trade in wildlife.

Experts develop a new set of regional management and conservation measures for queen conch

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not an official document.

A big step forward in the fight against wildlife crime

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A big step forward in the fight against wildlife crime

CITES supports INTERPOL Operation to locate known environmental criminals,
including wanted wildlife crime kingpins


SPREP and CITES to strengthen measures to control trade in endangered species

CITES welcomes new Secretary General of INTERPOL and adoption of General Assembly resolution on Environmental Security

At the 83rd session of the ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly meeting in Monaco from 3 to 7 November 2014, Mr.Jürgen Stock was elected as the new INTERPOL Secretary General. The 55-year-old Vice-President of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) took over from Mr. Ronald K. Noble of the United States of America, who stepped down after 14 years of service as INTERPOL Secretary General.

The European region met to discuss CITES-related plant issues

From 11 to 14 November the European Regional CITES Plants Meeting took place in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Forty-five participants from 18 countries, the European Commission and the CITES Secretariat met to discuss plant related issues and came up with recommendations for the meeting of the CITES Plants Committee and Standing Committee.

From the crime scene to the courtroom: ICCWC releases Guidelines on ivory

CITES Secretariat welcomes APEC Joint Ministerial Statement

Geneva, 10 November 2014 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), welcomes the APEC Joint Ministerial Statement, issued by the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers following the conclusion of the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting on Saturday in Beijing, China.

Initiatives contained in the Joint Statement reaffirm the commitment to conserve wildlife resources and combat illicit transnational trade in protected wildlife, including timber.

CITES Secretary-General's statement at CoP11 of the Convention on Migratory Species

CITES and the CMS share common origins, have complementary mandates, and enjoy longstanding and deepening programmatic collaboration. It was IUCN that first called for these two conventions in the early 1960’s. This call was heeded and enshrined in recommendations adopted at the UN Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, which led to CITES and the CMS being adopted within the decade – CITES in 1973 and the CMS in 1979.

CITES and confiscated elephant ivory and rhino horn – to destroy or not destroy?

Over the past 24 months we have seen a number of countries, including Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong SAR, China, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA, destroy stockpiles of illegally traded elephant ivory and rhino horn that have been seized and confiscated.