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CITES welcomes Belgian court judgement on illegal trade in birds of prey

On 27 June 2014, a Belgian court found four defendants guilty of forging breeders declarations and CITES certificates for over 20 species of birds, mainly birds of prey.

The Criminal Court of First Instance of East Flanders also found the defendants guilty of participating in an international criminal organization operating across Europe. The organization illegally took eggs and chicks from the wild in France and Spain, hand-reared birds and then sold them on commercial markets with forged breeding and CITES documentation.

CITES visits Iranian sturgeon aquaculture facilities

Geneva, 30 June 2014 –  The Iran Fisheries Organization (IFO), in its capacity as the CITES Management Authority for Acipenseriformes, under the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of Iran recently invited the CITES Secretariat to visit to learn about developments in sturgeon aquaculture in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pioneering seminar held in Paraguay to boost legal capacity to tackle different types of illicit trade

The Secretariat recently participated in a seminar on illicit trade and counterfeiting (2-6 June 2014,  Asunción, Paraguay), organized by the INTERPOL General Secretariat, Office of Legal Affairs (Lyon, France) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Paraguay.

FAO and CITES support Asian countries with the implementation of recent shark listings

ICCWC launches new web portal on combating wildlife and forest crime

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) today announced the launch of a new web portal, designed to support capacity-building efforts by improving access to information on ICCWC tools and activities to combat wildlife and forest crime.

CITES Trade Database breaks new ground with open-source technology

Cambridge, Geneva, Nairobi, 17 April 2014 – Access to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Trade Database – which contains some 14 million records on the international trade in CITES-listed species – is now easier and more reliable,

Two women sentenced to 12 months in jail for smuggling thirteen endangered iguanas seized by the United Kingdom Border Force

On Monday 3 February 2014 two women were arrested at Heathrow Airport in London, after 13 endangered San Salvador iguanas (Cyclura rileyi), a species included in CITES Appendix I, were found by Border Force officers carrying out customs checks. The women arrived on a flight from the Bahamas and were due to fly on to Dusseldorf, Germany. The iguanas were each wrapped in an individual sock and had been stuffed into suitcases.

Two women sentenced to 12 months in jail for smuggling thirteen endangered iguanas seized by the United Kingdom Border Force

On Monday 3 February 2014 two women were arrested at Heathrow Airport in London, after 13 endangered San Salvador iguanas (Cyclura rileyi), a species included in CITES Appendix I, were found by Border Force officers carrying out customs checks. The women arrived on a flight from the Bahamas and were due to fly on to Dusseldorf, Germany. The iguanas were each wrapped in an individual sock and had been stuffed into suitcases.

FAO and CITES support African countries with the implementation of recent shark listings

Consultancy announcement

The following consulting opportunity to assist the CITES Secretariat with the establishment and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans is now available.

The Terms of Reference for the consultancy are available here in PDF format.

Applications must be submitted to admin@cites.org before 11 April 2014.

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