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CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the destruction of confiscated rhino horn in the Czech Republic

The recovery of the CITES-listed African black and white rhino populations in the wild over the past few decades, after being hunted close to extinction, is a great conservation success story – and for the first seven years of this century poaching levels had remained low at around ten a year.

After 2007, however, a sharp upward trend in poaching started to emerge – a trend that has continued to the point where over 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn in South Africa alone in 2013 and over 700 killed so far this year.

ICCWC Senior Experts Group meets in Geneva to review delivery of activities to combat wildlife crime

The Senior Experts Group of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) met in Geneva last week to discuss progress with its collaborative activities to combat wildlife crime.

World-wide efforts to prepare for the landmark CITES shark and manta ray listings (video by Pew)

Stronger protection for five shark species and all manta rays

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FAO and CITES support India’s effort in coordinating the Bay of Bengal regional cooperation on sharks and manta rays

Geneva, 3 September 2014:  The Bay of Bengal Capacity Building Workshop on CITES Appendix II Listings of Shark and Manta Ray Species was held in Chennai, India from 26 to 28 August 2014. The workshop was hosted by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (CITES Management of Authority of India), in cooperation with the C.P.R.

CITES Secretary General's message to the Workshop on Implementing New CITES Shark Listings, Chennai, India - External link to CITES Secretary-General's speech

CITES Secretary-General's message to SPREP regional meeting on CBD, CMS and Ramsar - External link to CITES Secretary-General's speech

Message of the CITES CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, to the SPREP regional preparatory meeting for the Conference of the Parties of CBD, CMS and Ramsar Convention

CITES Secretary-General's message for World Ranger Day 2014

Geneva, Switzerland, 31 July 2014

CITES Secretariat and UNCTAD join forces to assist Customs authorities to regulate trade in wildlife

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have agreed to work together in providing Customs authorities with better tools to regulate the import and export of CITES-listed species. Among these will be a module for international trade in CITES-listed species, called ACITES, which will be fully integrated into UNCTAD’s Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta (ASYCUDA). 

CITES Standing Committee (SC65) conclusions: A focus on the front lines

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