Press releases

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President of Madagascar and CITES Secretary-General call for international support to halt surge in illegal timber trade

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not an official document.



People around the world go wild for wildlife!


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not an official document.


People around the world go wild for wildlife!

First World Wildlife Day gets ‘thunderous’ support


CITES Secretariat welcomes London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Latin American and Caribbean Nations Work Together to Promote Sustainable Global Trade of Sharks

New figures reveal poaching for the illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s Elephants over next decade

Gaborone, Botswana, 2 December 2013 — As delegates gather to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by the Government of Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) new analyses released today find that if poaching rates are sustained at current levels, Africa is likely to lose a fifth of its elephants in the next ten years.

CITES and business experts break new ground to trace wildlife trade

European entrepreneurs develop mobile app connecting consumers to nature. 
Python hunters, tanneries, luxury brands, regulators and customers will be able to share value and data.
(first released by UNEP on 26 November 2013)

Forensics to support the fight against wildlife crime

Source, transit and destination countries meet to develop concrete strategies and actions to combat the poaching of rhinoceros and the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn

Nairobi/Geneva, 31 October 2013 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) hosted a CITES Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force meeting in cooperation with its partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 to 29 October 2013.

CITES opens to accession by regional economic integration organizations

Gaborone amendment to enter into force 30 years after its adoption. 
European Union may now accede to CITES.

CITES getting ready for sharks and rays

Twelve months before the entry into force of CITES regulations on shark and rays, the European Union
approves a 1.2 million euro project to ensure their effective implementation. Brazil, China, Germany, Japan
and the United States have also offered support and technical assistance.