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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.

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 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). 
 

Nepal, China, Kenya and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force recognized for exemplary enforcement efforts

Nepal, China, Kenya and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force recognized
for exemplary enforcement efforts

CITES Secretary-General’s Certificates of Commendation awarded

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr John E. Scanlon, has awarded four CITES Secretary-General’s Certificates of Commendation for exemplary wildlife law enforcement efforts.

Opening remarks by Chairman of the Standing Committee at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

Opening Remarks
by Mr Øystein Størkersen, Chairman of the Standing Committee

at the Sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee

Geneva (Switzerland), 7 July 2014

Excellences, members of the Standing Committee, Party Observers, ladies and gentlemen.

ICCWC launches Strategic Mission 2014-2016 outlining its strategies to combat wildlife and forest crime

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) today further strengthened its efforts by launching the ICCWC Strategic Mission 2014-2016.

Intervention of the CITES Secretariat at WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

Intervention of the CITES Secretariat
at Committee on Trade and Environment of the World Trade Organization

Geneva, 30 June 2014

Before this meeting, the CITES Secretariat shared with the WTO Secretariat a narrative document and graphic summary of recent high-level events and initiatives on illegal wildlife trade. This material is now on the CITES website, together with a related press statement, and copies have been provided in the back of the room.

WCO press release: WCO publishes the Illicit Trade Report 2013

Enhancement of the CITES Virtual College Information Centre into a research centre

The CITES Virtual College collects information on CITES through its Information Centre to support online courses and provide general and better disseminate information on the Convention.  In addition, it uses the Centre to compile identification materials on CITES species submitted

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.

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