- Title: CITES regulates more than 130 wild animal species threatened by extinction
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 28, 2019) (REUTERS) SIGN OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES (CITES)' CONFERENCE CONFERENCE ENTRANCE PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES (CITES) SECRETARY GENERAL, IVONNE HIGUERO, SAYING: "And successful at the end, it is also that, the recognition that there is an urgency to the extinctions that we are facing and that CITES can play a very strong role; And that where species that maybe 20 years ago we would have never thought of engaging CITES on, like those timber species, like the marine species, now the parties are turning towards CITES to help them with that. And especially because if there is the urgency with the marine environment, there is what happens for example in the Amazon with the trees, everybody is concerned about these resources, these ecosystems, so, I find that, in the end, it was a successful conference."
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 16:31
- Keywords: CITES wildlife trade elephants otters rhinoceros Amazon animals
- Location: LAIKIPIA. SAMBURU AND UNKNOWN LOCATION, KENYA / NORTHWEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA / BALI, INDONESIA/ GALAPAGOS, ECUADOR/ GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/ FLORIDA AND TEXAS, UNITED STATES / RONDONIA, BRAZIL / UNKNOWN LOCATION / CHARAGUA, BOLIVIA
- City: LAIKIPIA. SAMBURU AND UNKNOWN LOCATION, KENYA / NORTHWEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA / BALI, INDONESIA/ GALAPAGOS, ECUADOR/ GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/ FLORIDA AND TEXAS, UNITED STATES / RONDONIA, BRAZIL / UNKNOWN LOCATION / CHARAGUA, BOLIVIA
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA005AU4W2FB
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- Story Text: Countries gave protection to 139 wild animal species, including sharks, elephants and giraffes on international trade after a meeting on global wildlife trade that ended on Wednesday (August 28).
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) gathered 183 states in Geneva as the Amazon wildfires raged.
The parties voted to impose a near-total ban on capturing African elephants from the wild and sending them to zoos, after a heated debate on Tuesday (August 27).
Countries agreed on Sunday (August 18) to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those whose fins are prized for making Chinese soups.
The species will be listed on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix II if the preliminary decision is endorsed this week, meaning trade in products will be controlled but not banned.
Last week, countries voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to regulate international trade in giraffes, an endangered species, and in their body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists.
More than 100 countries also voted to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otter. Experts say the numbers of wild otters have plumetted by at least 30 percent in the past three decades, accelerated by their popularity as pets in Japan.
CITES regulates the buying and selling of species at risk of extinction around the world, either by imposing outright bans or by requiring permits so that rare animals and plants are not over-harvested.
NGO's welcomed the measures taken during the conference but are now urging states to enforce them.
Species are "endangered by trade, but many of these species' trade is even worse because of the other factors, because of climate change, because of development and because of habitat lost", said NGO Wildlife Conservation Society's vice president of international policy, Susan Lieberman, raising concerns on species caught in the wildfires of the Amazon rainforest.
Agreements passed at the conference are legally binding to the signatory states, and although they do not supersede national law, they set standards for global trade and tourism.
(Production: Cecile Mantovani, Michaela Cabrera)
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