The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was postponed due to the impacts of the heinous acts committed on 21 April 2019 in Sri Lanka. It will now be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 28 August 2019.
During the CoP, the World Resources Institute (WRI) will host an informal meeting on the evening of 18 August from 17:30-19:00 to present and discuss updates on wood identification technologies/databases. The GTTN Secretariat will be present at this event. This meeting will be in the Beijing room at the Starling Hotel. Please contact Meaghan Parker-Forney and note if you/your colleagues are interested in presenting updates.
With 183 Parties, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion.
CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable.
CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.