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Future ivory trade is off the CITES table – and about time!

CITES has voted not to adopt a decision-making mechanism (DMM) for future trade in ivory, what does this mean for elephants? EIA always opposed the development of the DMM, we believe any trade in ivory poses a serious threat to elephants, the main objective of the DMM was to facilitate international legal ivory trade

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CITES CoP17 opens next week … but what is CITES?

Next week marks the opening of the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17), a regular meeting of the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, more commonly known as CITES. We give an overview of CITES, CoP17 and the listing of vulnerable species on CITES Appendices.

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CITES Parties must keep the ‘forgotten’ big cats in mind

At the forthcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) we will call on world governments to tackle the widespread poaching of leopards driven by the illicit trade in body parts. Besides adopting the draft Decisions on the table, we urge Parties to close domestic markets for big cat parts.

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Farewell to a champion of India’s tigers & wildlife

Ashok Kumar has passed away at the age of 81. The first Director of TRAFFIC India, former Vice President of the Wildlife Protection Society of India as well as Founder and Emeritus of the Wildlife Trust of India, Ashok was a champion for India’s wildlife and environment

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EIA calls for the closure of legal domestic ivory markets

On World Elephant Day today, EIA is calling on world governments to vote YES and support the closure of legal domestic ivory markets at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES, which takes place next month in Johannesburg. This is the biggest international gathering on wildlife trade in the calendar, attracting thousands of delegates who will debate how to regulate international trade.

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Pangolins are in dire need of tougher CITES protection

Estimates suggest that at least one million pangolins have been traded in the past decade. Although there is no population data for any pangolin species, the levels of observed trade and the patterns of exploitation strongly suggest that all pangolin species are in decline and that trade is the primary reason