Ahead of World Elephant Day, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, TRAFFIC and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) publish the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes, a comprehensive and accessible resource for identifying the most commonly found ivories and artificial substi

The Conference of the Parties, at its 18th meeting (CoP18, Geneva, 2019), adopted Decisions 18.33 to 18.37 on Livelihoods.

Article VII, paragraph 4, of the Convention provides that specimens of Appendix-I animal species bred in captivity for commercial purposes shall be deemed to be specimens of species included in Appendix II. In Resolution Conf. 12.10 (Rev.

The export quotas for 2014 were updated for Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Peru, Romania and Uganda on 25 September 2014.

Asian big cats (including tiger, snow leopard, clouded leopards, and subspecies of leopard, cheetah and lion) are listed in the top three categories of threat on the IUCN Red List, with illegal trade included among the threats to their survival.

Over 20,000 African elephants were poached across the continent in 2013 according to a report released today by the CITES Secretariat.

This document summarises the conclusions of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade held from 12-13 February 2014. It sets out the political commitment reached, and the actions agreed, by the international community, in tackling the illegal wildlife trade and its impacts. Read the text.

The CITES Secretary-General, Mr John E. Scanlon, welcomed the excellent results achieved by law enforcement officers from 28 countries during Operation COBRA II, a month-long global operation to combat illegal wildlife trade, which ended on 27 January 2014. Operation COBRA II was organized by the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), China, the United States of America, South Africa, the Association of South East Asia Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) and the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN), and was coordinated by International Coordination Teams located in Nairobi and Bangkok.

Illegal trade in rhinoceros horn continues to be one of the most structured criminal activities currently faced by CITES. There are clear indications that organized criminal groups are involved in rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in rhinoceros horn.

In Decision 14.78 (Rev.