Navigating the wildlife trade debate

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11 March 2014
11 March 2014
On 3 March the international community marked its first ever World Wildlife Day. Established by the UN General Assembly, and facilitated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the occasion was designed to celebrate the planet's extraordinary...
11 March 2014
Last month saw the UK government host a high-profile conference to discuss the challenge posed by illegal wildlife trade. Forty-six heads of states converged on London, duly agreeing to an official declaration designed to showcase political will to tackle this problem. For the most part, the...
11 March 2014
A critical first step in evaluating whether Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can address conservation concerns and wildlife trafficking is to understand the scope and nature of FTAs. The following statement from the International Trade Administration , a branch of the US Department of Commerce,...
11 March 2014
Monday 3 March marked the international community's first ever day dedicated to wildlife , as set by the UN General Assembly this past December. The Assembly requested the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, together with relevant...
11 March 2014
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that transboundary traditional knowledge (TK) is the prevailing rule, rather than the exception, in the context of indigenous peoples' cultures and livelihoods. And yet only recently has the issue of protecting widely shared TK been placed on the...
11 March 2014
An important announcement was made at this year's World Economic Forum Davos global gathering, namely that 14 WTO members [Ref 1] committed to negotiating a trade liberalising agreement on environmental goods. A gradual liberalisation and market opening in the area of environmental goods would be...
11 March 2014
In January, the European Commission unveiled its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, setting out a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 40 percent against 1990 levels and an EU-wide binding renewable energy target of at least 27 percent. The latter - unlike its 2020 counterpart - will not be...
11 March 2014
The co-chairs of a UN group tasked with drafting a blueprint for sustainable development goals (SDGs) released a list of 19 focus areas on 21 February, following a year of discussions. The effort is part of a broader process to develop a post-2015 development agenda that would replace the current...
11 March 2014
The twelve countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement wrapped up an intensive series of talks on 25 February, reporting progress but no final deal. Trade observers had been watching last month's Singapore ministerial closely to see if an agreement - or at least a new...
11 March 2014
US probe into China, Taiwan solar trade The US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted in February to allow investigations into imports of Chinese and Taiwanese-made solar products to proceed. The investigation was launched as a response to a petition filed in December by SolarWorld Industries...
11 March 2014
Elephants in the Dust: The African Elephant Crisis - UNEP, CITES, ICUN, TRAFFIC - March 2013 This joint report provides an overview of the current state of the African elephant alongside recommendations for action to ensure their protection. The report also provides clear evidence that adequate...