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ICCWC delivers specialized training for law enforcement officers

Cutting-edge training in investigation techniques has been delivered to wildlife law enforcement officials across Asia, helping them in their battle to halt transnational organized wildlife and forest crime.

Wildlife under threat - time to act (3 March 2013)

With numbers as low as 2,000 in 1973, when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed, the population is now more than 19,000. More than 90 percent of these animals are in South Africa as a result of both public and private management efforts, for which CITES provides a framework.

Opening Statement by John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES

Bangkok, Thailand, 3 March 2013

Your Excellency Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra
Chair of the CITES Standing Committee, Øystein Størkersen
Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner
Distinguished delegates

Sawasdee krup.  Welcome.

Tackling the illegal trade in wild animals is a matter of global urgency (1 March 2013)

Illegal trade in wildlife has now reached a scale that poses an immediate risk to wildlife and to people. Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic spike in the poaching and illegal trade in elephants and rhinos. In 2011 an estimated 25,000 elephants were poached across Africa and in South Africa alone 668 rhinos were lost to poachers in 2012.

The 178th Party: Lebanon

The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Lebanese Republic as the 178th Party to CITES.

Wildlife crime consortium to host high-level events on transnational organized wildlife crime at CITES Conference

Remarks by CITES Secretary-General Mr. John E. Scanlon

at an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CITES

13 February 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva


CITES Secretariat presents recommendations on proposals to amend the CITES Appendices

ITTO and CITES launch first report on timber tracking technologies

Recent trade of elephants from Zimbabwe to China

Public statement of the CITES Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has received copies of various news articles as well as other communications by private individuals and special interest groups concerning the trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe to public zoos in China during which an elephant is reported to have died.