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Hanoi Statement: Political talk worth little without action

THE Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade opened with an inspirational call by the Duke of Cambridge for greater action to end illegal wildlife trade but the statement adopted at the end of the day is a long way from reflecting the urgency of the current situation


Unpacking CITES CoP17: The wins and the losses

After years of anticipation, months of preparation and two hectic weeks in South Africa, the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) draws to a close. Here's a summary of some of the key outcomes of the conference


Botswana’s historic break from pro-ivory trade bloc

Botswana made a clear statement against ivory trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species when it announced it would voluntarily relinquish Appendix II status for its own elephants to support up-listing all African elephants to the much tougher Appendix I


CITES support to end tiger farming is welcomed

During discussions at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES, several member states including Lao PDR overruled a proposal from China to delete a Decision to end tiger farming. This is a powerful message that shows the rest of the world can see that tiger farming has no place in tiger conservation.


EU must rise to challenge of plastic pollution-free future

A groundbreaking new global vision for a future free from plastic pollution has been released by a network of 90 NGOs. The vision lays out 10 principles, the ultimate goal being ‘a future free from plastic pollution’. It represents the first step in a global movement to change society’s perception and use of plastics

A Dolphin in the Ocean with a plastic bag stuck around its middle

Bin the bags to stop oceans from choking on plastic!

For International Plastic Bag Free Day, EU member states are reminded they have just four months left to break free from single-use plastic bags. The historic deal agreed in 2015 as a first step in tackling marine plastic pollution should cut the number of bags Europeans use each year by more than 75 per cent by 2025.