African rhino

CITES enters second week of discussions

Over the past week, Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have been discussing the regulation of trade in a wide variety of species, including bluefin tuna, polar bears, tigers, rhinos, sharks and the Brazilian rosewood tree, to name just a few.  This is the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to CITES. Sue Mainka, IUCN's Head of Delegation to CITES and Head of IUCN's Science and Learning, looks back at the first week of discussions and forward to what will be on the agenda for the second week of the conference in Doha, Qatar. …  

21 Mar 2010 | Audio

Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr)

Yemen takes leap forward in leopard conservation

Numbers of the Arabian leopard, found only on the Arabian peninsula, are declining. The leopard is classed as Critically Endangered on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species™ and is listed on Appendix I of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which means that no commercial trade in the animal is allowed. It's thought to be extinct in Jordan, Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and the United Arab Emirates. Conservation efforts have been hampered by a lack of information on how many Arabian leopards are still in the wild.   …  

20 Mar 2010 | Audio

Bluefin Tuna

International trade in endangered species uncovered

On 13 March, representatives from 175 countries will meet in Doha, Qatar for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora conference where they'll decide how to regulate trade in species ranging from bluefin tuna and sharks to polar bears and coral. Dr Sue Mainka, Head of Science and Learning at IUCN, and Head of IUCN's delegation at the conference, explains how the convention works for biodiversity conservation.     …  

01 Mar 2010 | Audio