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
At the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, countries pledged to do more to curb poaching and illicit trade in totoaba fish which threatens the survival of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. This is a positive sign but international cooperation is vital to ensure enforcement actions take place.
This week, the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) continues in Johannesburg with the fate of many species in the balance dependent partly on the decisions made over the next two weeks by the 183 parties
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UK Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced plans for a ban on ‘modern day’ ivory sales. The proposal outlined by the Government does not go nearly far enough and is effectively only a tightening of the present outdated regulations – the ivory trade in Britain will not be banned, nor even be further restricted
The Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is one of the most high-profile events on the international conservation calendar. EIA campaigners will be attending CoP17 to push for positive outcomes on a number of key campaign issues