The Hague, The Netherlands, 11 June 2007—The future of the European eel looks brighter after governments representatives attending the CITES Conference accepted a proposal from the European Union to list this fish species on Appendix II of the convention. Appendix II allows trade in a species under strict conditions.
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The Hague, The Netherlands, 8 June 2007—Two shark species highly prized for their meat and fins have not gained trade protection under CITES, the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The Hague, Netherlands, 7 June 2007—A two-storey-high photo mosaic of a tiger was unveiled at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) meeting today to urge world leaders to end all trade in tigers.
The mosaic was created from personal photos of almost 25,000 tiger lovers worldwide. People from at least 146 countries contributed.
The Hague, The Netherlands, 7 June 2007—On the fourth day of the CITES Conference, the European Union withdrew its proposal to include Cedrela—a group of tropical trees species found in Latin America – in CITES Appendix II, which allows trade in a species under strict conditions.
The Hague, The Netherlands, 6 June 2007—An increase in the volume of rhino horn entering illegal trade from Africa since 2000 could be placing some rhino populations at serious risk, according to new research from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
Poaching is most severe in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 60% of the rhino population was illegally killed between 2003 and 2005.
The Hague, Netherlands, 6 June 2007—The European Commission (EC) today unveiled an Action Plan to improve wildlife trade enforcement within the European Union (EU) and in countries where the trade originates.
The announcement was made during a UK Government sponsored event held in collaboration with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, during the current meeting of CITES.<
Click to enlargeBrussels, Belgium, 2 June 2007—www.eu-wildlifetrade.org, the first website providing information on wildlife trade controls in the European Union (EU) has been updated and expanded by TRAFFIC.
Since its launch in 2003, thousands of people world-wide have visited www.eu-wildlifetrade.org to find about wildlife trade requirements in the EU. The site provides up-to-date, tailor-made information for traders, consumers and travellers on various aspects of wildlife trade into, from or within the EU.
The Hague, The Netherlands, 2 June 2007—A limited sale of ivory has been approved by a committee ahead of this week’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which opens officially Sunday.
The so called “one-off ivory sale” was provisionally approved for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa at a previous CITES meeting in 2002 – but could not go forward until certain decisions and criteria were met.
Cambridge, UK, 1 June 2007—The European Union (EU) tops the list for major importer by value for many wild animal and plant products, including tropical timber, caviar, reptile skins and live reptiles, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
The report, Opportunity or threat: The role of the European Union in the global wildlife trade, by Maylynn Engler and Rob Parry-Jones of TRAFFIC Europe, is the first ever analysis looking at the volume and scope of wildlife trade products imported into the EU.