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CITES holds first workshop on the legal acquisition of wildlife

Geneva, 20 June 2018 – Over 80 participants representing 31 Parties, 6 Intergovernmental Organizations and more than 10 non-governmental organizations and academic institutions from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas met in Brussels from 13 to 15 June to help design guidelines for the making o

CITES CoP18 preparations taking shape in Sri Lanka

Secretariat staff recently returned from a reconnaissance visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka to discuss preparations for CoP18 with officials from the host Government.

CITES-led training workshop for Central Asia leads to concrete outcomes


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Parties in Central Asia commit to improve national CITES frameworks

Message from CITES for the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity


This year’s International Day of Biodiversity, on 22 May, marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As a sister convention, we would like to warmly congratulate CBD on its 25 years of actions to protect the world’s biodiversity and its remarkable achievements at national and global levels.

CITES convenes international technical workshop on eels (Anguilla spp.) at Royal Botanic Gardens KEW, London, UK

On 18-20 March 2018, more than 45 experts from over 15 countries met at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London for an international workshop on the conservation, management, fisheries and trade in eels (Anguilla spp.). The meeting was convened by the CITES Secretariat and participants included eel range States, trading countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group, the ICES/GFCM/EIFAAC Working Group on Eel, eel farmers and other eel and fisheries experts.

Key countries meet to further strengthen measures to tackle ivory trafficking

Geneva / Maputo, 7 May 2018- Over 60 representatives from 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, met in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1 to 4 May 2018, to discuss the development and implementation of National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs).

First training workshop in a series kicked off in Indonesia as CITES strives to better regulate trade in captive-raised animals

A training workshop on the application of new CITES guidance on trade in captive-raised animals was held in Bogor, Indonesia from 1 to 4 May 2018, bringing together 50 participants from 11 Asian countries representing national CITES authorities, as well as international experts.

A Tribute to Philippe Bouché

Our friend and colleague Philippe Bouché passed away on 5 April 2018 in W National Park in Niger, West Africa. The plane he was piloting crashed during take-off and both Philippe and his passenger, a member of the park staff, were sadly killed. Philippe leaves behind his wife and their two children. 

Farewell messages for John E. Scanlon

Today is John E. Scanlon's last day as the Secretary-General of the CITES Secretariat. After 8 years of extraordinary service, we can confidently say that John has left the Convention and its Secretariat in an extremely strong position.

CITES initiative to improve regulation of trade in captive-raised animals and artificially propagated plants

The CITES Secretariat is making strides in improving the regulation of trade in captive-raised animals and artificially propagated plants with the publications of two guides for inspecting facilities producing such animals and plants, as well as guidance on the use of source codes.