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CITES Secretariat Announces New CITES MIKE Coordinator

Geneva/Nairobi: The CITES Secretariat has publicly announced today that Ms. Thea Carroll has been appointed as the new CITES MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) Coordinator.

Message from the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon

Completing my mandate as CITES Secretary-General
February, 2018

International trade in live elephants

In response to considerable interest from members of the public and non-government organizations, the CITES Secretariat offers this quick guide to CITES controls on international trade in live elephants.

Elephants taken from the wild

CITES Parties are making headway on strengthening national wildlife legislation

Significant progress has been made by CITES Parties to adopt national legislation for the effective implementation and enforcement of the Convention since the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17, Johannesburg, 24 September - 4 October 2016).

The increased global focus on trade in protected wildlife, including efforts to combat illegal trade, has reemphasized the critical importance of clear and strong legislation, enabling Parties to regulate legal trade and to prevent and sanction illegal trade in CITES-listed species.

CITES representatives and experts discuss trade and captive breeding of CITES-listed animals at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, UK

Geneva, 6 April 2017 - On 29-30 March 2017, representatives of the CITES Secretariat and of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) met in Cambridge with representatives of the Animals Committee and of selected Parties to discuss CITES controls on trade in captive-produced animals.

CITES highlights its contribution to sustainable forest management on International Day of Forests 2017

Today is the International Day of Forests. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, and home to more than 80% of all known terrestrial species of animals and plants. They play a vital role in storing water, regulating climate, preserving soils and nurturing biodiversity, and provide important economic and social services.

Background on the issuance of CITES permits in respect of the export of rhinoceros horn

The Secretariat has received questions from CITES Parties and journalists, as well as messages of concern from the general public, regarding measures proposed by the Republic of South Africa1 relating to the domestic trade and the export for personal purposes of rhinoceros horn, or a part, product or derivative of such rhinoceros horn, belonging to certain rhinos from four species.

Unprecedented show of support for wildlife on UN World Wildlife Day

People around the world, particularly the youth, celebrate wildlife during the world’s
most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife

International workshop follows up CITES CoP17 decisions on tree species

Twenty-eight delegates from 15 CITES Parties participated at the International workshop on tree species in CITES, in La Antigua, Guatemala, from 7-9 February 2017.

The workshop aimed to build capacities to strengthen the implementation of CITES for listed tree species; to highlight the importance of CITES for regulating international trade in products of CITES-listed tree species; to strengthen CITES implementation in a framework of international cooperation, thus ensuring that trade in products of tree species is legal, sustainable and traceable.

CITES pays tribute to Dr Wolfgang Burhenne

With great sadness the CITES Secretariat must report the death of Dr Wolfgang Burhenne, one of the main architects of CITES.