Major decisions will be made at the CITES CoP18 meeting taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from August 17–28, on a number of species subject to international trade. We'll keep you updated through our team on the ground. Check this page for the latest.

*Journalists: If you're looking for more information on CoP18, you can always call or text us at +1 (347) 840-1242 or email

What's at stake?

Global wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar a year industry impacting so many species around the world. It is regulated through an international treaty known as CITES.

Key Species Up for Consideration

Over 50 species proposals will be considered at the upcoming CoP18 meeting. Here are some of the decisions you can keep an eye on.


Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I
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Mako sharks

Isurus oxyrinchus and Isurus paucus
Include both species in Appendix II

Glass Frogs

Hyalinobatrachium spp., Centrolene spp., Cochranella spp., and Sachatamia spp.
Include all species in Appendix II


Giraffa camelopardalis
Include in Appendix II

Asian Otters

Aonyx cinereus, Lutrogale perspicillata
Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri
Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Guitarfish and Wedgefish

Rhinidae spp., Glaucostegidae spp.
Include in Appendix II

Indian star tortoise

Geochelone elegans
Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

African Elephant

Loxodonta africana
Transfer Zambia population to Appendix II. Amend App. II annotation for populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

WCS Documents

Our positions on species proposals and working documents under consideration at the meeting.


What is CITES and why is it important for conservation? Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President for International Policy, is a CITES and wildlife trade expert.

Sharks and rays are one of the most endangered groups on the planet. Eighteen species are up for protections at CoP18. We spoke with WCS's Luke Warwick, Associate Director for Sharks & Rays.

Related News

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A Crisis at Sea

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Standing Up

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Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico are sponsoring overlooked sharks.

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A Celebration of Conservation Progress

By Luke Warwick
WCS partnered with the Maldives Mission to the UN to raise the profile of shark conservation.

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For Media

  • You can read our cheat sheet in the lead up to CoP18.
  • Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President of International Policy and a CITES and wildlife trade expert, is available for comment/interview in advance and during the meeting.

    Interviews can also be arranged through Mary Dixon, WCS Senior Vice President of Communications:; or text through WhatsApp: +1 (347) 840-1242.

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