The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) took place from Nov. 14–25 in Panama City, Panama.
WCS is a strong supporter of CITES, and has staff who have attended all meetings of the Conference of the Parties since CoP7 in 1989. WCS was represented by many international wildlife and policy experts at CoP19.
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Shark Proposals Adopted in Full at Conclusion of Conference in Panama
“This will be remembered as the day we turned the tide to prevent the extinction of the world’s sharks and rays. The trade in high value shark fins that has threatened to wipe out these ancient animals has now been brought fully under CITES international oversight," said WCS's Luke Warwick.
The straw-headed bulbul and white-rumped shama, prized for their singing ability, have plummeted in the wild from unsustainable trade. “The decision to increase protection under CITES will help to ensure that these songbirds will not go silent,” says WCS's Elizabeth Bennett.
"The proposals adopted today for the requiem and hammerhead sharks, championed by the government of Panama, will forever change how the world's ocean predators are managed and protected," WCS's Luke Warwick tells the BBC.
This revised Action Plan demonstrates that the EU takes wildlife trafficking seriously by continuing its ambitious agenda to tackle this criminal activity, which threatens species populations, undermines local security and governance, and weakens rural livelihoods.
Turtles are uniquely vulnerable to trade—either from pet dealers or private collectors of rare species. "We urge all countries to support these proposals before turtles crawl into extinction,” says WCS's Susan Lieberman.
WCS researchers announced the results of an international investigation finding that online trade of jaguar parts are openly detectable on multiple online platforms, representing an emerging and serious threat to jaguar populations across the range of this Latin American wildlife icon.
We need to strengthen CITES, WCS's Susan Lieberman tells the AP, and maybe even cover more species. "We also need to ensure, whether through multilateral donors, foundations, that there’s more resources going to help countries who are challenged implementing it.”
A Push to Expand Global Protection for Sharks and Rays
WCS Executive Director for Shark and Ray Conservation Luke Warwick discusses anticipated action for sharks and rays at CITES, including a proposal to list the entire family of Requiem Sharks for protection.