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Earth Council e-Learning and CITES establish new
Geneva, 20 February 2006 – Earth Council e-Learning and
the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have signed a Memorandum
of Understanding to develop online courses on the regulation of
wildlife trade for CITES Management Authorities and stakeholders.
The courses are scheduled to begin in Spring 2006.
CITES is an international treaty aimed at ensuring that trade
in species of wild animals and plants does not threaten their
survival. The treaty safeguards more than 30,000
species, ranging from live animals and plants to an array
of wildlife products, such as timber, medicine and food products.
The CITES Secretariat carries out a wide range of capacity-building
and strategic activities, including research, communication and
Mr Stephen Nash, Chief of the Capacity Building Unit of the CITES
Secretariat, explained that "The CITES Secretariat is working
with Earth Council e-Learning in the establishment of a Web-based
open-learning programme to enhance national capacities to implement
CITES. Composed of interactive online courses for CITES authorities,
the open-learning programme will seek to reach a global audience
in a cost-effective and comprehensive manner. In an effort to
ensure full participation of those Parties lacking access to new
information technologies, the courses will also be made available
through CD-ROM and other media."
are very excited about collaborating with CITES to further the
cause of sustainable development. Building on CITES depth of knowledge
and expertise, our state-of-the-art e-learning technology will
enable us to build capacity globally,” stated Mr Gao Pronove,
Executive Director of Earth Council e-Learning.
e-Learning is a Geneva-based NGO that aims to promote a more
equitable, secure and sustainable future by harnessing the power
of e-learning to deliver educational programmes on topics of global
importance, such as climate change, global trade, biodiversity
and sustainability. Earth Council e-Learning recruits experts
worldwide to deliver quality education and training to representatives
of government, international organizations, civil society, business,
the media and other stakeholders.
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