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Press release: European Union invests EUR 12 m to minimize the illegal killing of endangered species

For use of the media only;
not an official document.

 

PRESS RELEASE

European Union invests EUR 12 m to minimize the illegal killing of endangered species

Funds to focus on species under pressure in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

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

PRESS RELEASE

 

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.

For use of the media only;
not an official document.

 

PRESS RELEASE

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

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