Strengthening institutional capacity on CITES Implementation

07 May 2012 | Article

A  project under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Forest and Water Affairs aims at strengthening conservation of Turkish biological diversity in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulations. This project is developed in the context of the Instrument for Preaccession (IPA) to the European Union.

CITES is an international agreement between governments whose aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. 

The purpose of this project in Turkey is to strengthen the administrative and technical capacities regarding control of trade in species listed in CITES at the national level. The project will run for 24 months and Spain is the twinning partner in this effort. 

Three study visits to an EU Member State were organized. Eight comprehensive training programmes for the staff of the Ministry, co-beneficiaries and stakeholders were prepared and organized for strengthening the personnel capacity on CITES implementation. The evaluation of the trainings was done by the trainer using appropriate methods like questionnaires, evaluations, etc. CITES trainer brochures and posters were prepared for tourists, the general public at 140 customs points. 

Another activity is the strengthening of the technical capacity on CITES implementation which includes preparing of a central CITES database program and filling in all CITES permits information, CITES listed species, data of import, export and re-export etc., as well as preparing a project web-page. 

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