Illegal Trade Still A Major Concern, Says Cites

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Following the conclusion of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva at the weekend, there will be greater support to enable CITES Management Authorities to ensure that wildlife trade is sustainable, legal and traceable, according to CITES secretary-general, Ivonne Higuero.

Addressing the parties, Higuero said: “You adopted decisions on strengthening enforcement efforts for tortoises and freshwater turtles. You will also support efforts to tackle illegal trade in the sub-regions of West and Central Africa.

"This illegal trade affects elephant ivory and species such as pangolins, parrots and rosewood.

“Another important decision was to establish the CITES Big Cat Task Force with a mandate to improve enforcement, tackle illegal trade and promote collaboration on conserving tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguars and leopards,” Higuero said....

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