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CITES Secretary-General highlights Japan’s contribution to CITES implementation

CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon visited Tokyo and Yokohama from 20 to 22 August 2013,, to promote increased support to implementing new CITES listings. His visit followed similar missions to several capitals, including Brasilia, Brussels, and Beijing, as well as a visit to Bonn.

Amazon region countries move forward in the use of new technologies to ensure legal trade in wildlife

Member countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization met in Quito, Ecuador from 22 to 23 August 2013 to take stock of progress made in the implementation of a project to develop CITES e-permitting systems and Single Window environments and to discuss new mechanisms to increase further collaboration and sharing of expertise. Substantial progress has been achieved, especially with regard to ensuring that CITES e-permitting systems are developed in alignment with recommendations found in the CITES e-permitting toolkit and with the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model.

CITES pays tribute to Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin

Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin
(photo: IUCN ELP)

With great sadness the Secretariat must report the untimely death of Dr Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin, one of the main architects of CITES.

21 Branch offices of the Chinese CITES Management Authority meet with the CITES Secretary-General

The CITES Secretary-General has for the first time met with the 21 Branch offices of the Chinese Management Authority at a National CITES Retreat and Training session held in Jilin Province, China, in July 2013.

ICCWC deploys a Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST) to Sri Lanka

In response to the need to take new approaches to combat the illegal trade more effectively, the International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Teams (WIST).

German Ministries and CITES Secretary-General meet to discuss measures to fight wildlife crime

Efforts to fight poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and international support for global, regional and national initiatives, were the focus of discussions in Bonn on 24 July, 2014 between representatives from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon.

The CITES E-Permitting Toolkit highlighted during the 2013 WCO Knowledge Academy for Customs & Trade

Five Caribbean countries renew commitment to enacting effective CITES legislation

ICCWC launches report of the First Global Meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks and prepares strategy for continued support


The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) convened the world's Wildlife Enforcement Networks for the first time in the margins of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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