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CITES Secretary-General's remarks at the first destruction of confiscated elephant ivory in Hong Kong SAR, China

Hong Kong SAR holds one of the largest stockpiles of seized ivory in the world. Today’s event follows the crushing of ivory in many different countries across the world, including 6.2 tonnes of seized ivory in Dongguan, China earlier this year.

Despite considerable efforts to combat wildlife crime, it continues to be a major problem worldwide. The poaching of African elephants and the illegal trade in their ivory is one of the most noticeable and destructive forms of wildlife crime. It is not only having a devastating impact on the African elephant, but it also poses a threat to people and their livelihoods – as well as national economies and in some cases national and regional security.

“Global Community United to Address Wildlife and Forest Crime” - A special event at the 23rd Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

John E. Scanlon

CITES Secretary-General
 
13 May 2014, Vienna

Ambassadors, Executive Director Fedotov, distinguished guests, friends and colleagues.

Over the past few years we have witnessed a serious spike in the scale, and a change in the nature of, wildlife and forest crime: 

CITES Secretary-General's remarks at Asian regional consultative workshop on capacity assessments for the implementation of new CITES listings of sharks and manta rays

Asian regional consultative workshop on capacity assessments for the
implementation of new CITES listings of sharks and manta rays

Xiamen, China, 13-15 May 2014

Address by CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon

 

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.

300 Science Experts Review Sustainability of CITES Wildlife Trade

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

 

Mexico’s scientists commended for contributions to implementation of CITES

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not an official document.

 

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Mexico’s scientists commended for contributions to implementation of CITES

Spotlight on wild species at CITES international meeting in Mexico

 

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not an official document.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Spotlight on wild species at CITES international meeting in Mexico

Levels of international trade in caviar, snake skins, live tortoises and freshwater turtles
and rosewood and ebony timber under review  
 

 

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.

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