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WCO press release: WCO publishes the Illicit Trade Report 2013

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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

Central Asian border controls lifted. Wildlife trade under the spotlight.

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not an official document.

 

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Central Asian border controls lifted. Wildlife trade under the spotlight.

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.

CITES Secretary-General's intervention on Illegal Wildlife Trade at UN Environment Assembly Ministerial Dialogue

‘Illegal Wildlife Trade’

UN Environment Assembly

Intervention by John E. Scanlon

Secretary-General of CITES

Nairobi, Kenya – 26 June 2014

 

The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development - A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law
 

‘The international dimension of illegal wildlife trade’ 

 
Presentation by
 
John E. Scanlon

Press release: Environment Ministers add their voice to global efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade

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Environment Ministers add their voice to global efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade

CITES calls for a focus on the front lines. Ecosystems under threat from illegal wildlife trade

Press release: UNESCO calls for closer cooperation with CITES to protect World Heritage Sites

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UNESCO calls for closer cooperation with CITES to protect World Heritage Sites

Selous Game Reserve included in the list of World Heritage in Danger

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