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CITES in Geneva – time to tackle surge in wildlife crime

From July 7-11, the 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC65) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in Geneva to discuss the current work and implementation of the Convention. The meeting takes place against the backdrop of a troubling surge in wildlife crime, threatening the survival of a host […]

Sharing the skills needed to empower local campaigners

I am roused from my jet-lagged slumber by a particularly loud horn as a truck passes a little too closely on slowly rising road. I work out I’ve managed to achieve 15 minutes of sleep but already the air feels cooler. We are on our way to a former French hill station in the north […]

It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

South Africa’s first poached elephant in over a decade

South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed the first elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in more than 10 years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. According to SANParks Rangers Corp Officer Commanding, Major General (Ret) Johan Jooste, on Thursday, forensic evidence suggests the […]

From the archives: the ivory report that changed everything

In response to devastating poaching levels in the 1980s, the international ban on elephant ivory trade went into effect after the 1989 CITES Appendix I listing of African elephants. This landmark decision led to a dramatic reduction in elephant poaching across much of Africa as ivory prices plummeted. A key factor in the CITES decision […]

‘It was the environment that got me into European politics’

Our guest blogger today is Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East. First elected in 2009, Catherine says she is driven by her concerns for wildlife and the environment. She works to make environmental protection core to European policy, not just an ‘add on’. Having spent time studying wild animals and conservation issues, […]

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