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Role of local communities living alongside wildlife gains greater recognition at World Wildlife Conference – CITES CoP18

Role of local communities living alongside wildlife gains greater recognition
at World Wildlife Conference – CITES CoP18

Geneva, 22 August 2019 - The engagement of local communities who live alongside wildlife with CITES is gaining increased attention at the triennial gathering of the world’s wildlife trade regulator.

Practical guidance for the management of ivory stockpiles, including their disposal

West African authorities and experts agree on a sustainability pathway for CITES-listed Rosewoods

Geneva, 5 August 2019 – At the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (Johannesburg, 2016) around 250 new species of rosewoods were listed in Appendix II of CITES – a considerable percentage of which occur in West African countries, namely the tree species from the genera Dalbergia, Guibourtia and Pterocarpus.

Mozambique boosts efforts to strengthen wildlife management capacity and protect elephants in Niassa National Reserve

Mozambique’s biggest conservation area - the Niassa National Reserve, recently celebrated the completion of a new annex to its Deparment of Law Enforcement, supported by the Government of Japan through the CITES MIKE Programme (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants).

Full-house for the briefing on the upcoming CITES CoP18

The CITES Secretariat provided a briefing on 10 July to over 80 representatives from Geneva-based diplomatic missions and international organizations on the forthcoming World Wildlife Conference - CITES CoP18 to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 17 to 28 August 2019.

Media Advisory: CITES CoP18 – The World Wildlife Conference, Geneva (Switzerland), 17 to 28 August 2019

The next triennial meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18), also known as the World Wildlife Conference, will be held in Geneva at the Exhibition and Congress Centre - Palexpo this August.

CITES and SPREP organize First National CITES Workshop in Tonga (External link to SPREP website)

Status update on the postponement of CoP18

10 May 2019

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

The Secretariat continues to monitor the security situation in Colombo closely through the Sri Lankan authorities and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Delegates may wish to note the following at this stage:

Major new global assessment describes biodiversity in crisis

The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, launched today in Paris, confirms that species and ecosystems around the world are in rapid decline. Arresting this trend will require transformative change based on proven solutions.

Status update: postponement of CoP18

On 26 April 2019, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18), originally scheduled to take place from 23 May to 3 June in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as the associated 71st and 72nd meetings of the Standing Committee.

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