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Key decisions on the international trade of bluefin tuna, sharks, polar bears and coral, among many other species, will be decided at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which takes place from 13 to 25 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar.

IUCN will attend the meeting and provide scientific and technical information to CITES on species status. This latest conference falls during the International Year of Biodiversity and will contribute significantly to efforts for conserving biodiversity and stopping the current rate of biodiversity loss. CITES came into force in 1975 and there are now 175 parties to the conference.

Key Issues:
• “CITES is vital in the fight to ensure that species are not threatened by international trade,” says Sue Mainka, Head of IUCN’s Science and Learning and Head of IUCN’s delegation to CITES. “Through tough laws and regulations, international trade in endangered species can be managed sustainably. Decisions taken at CITES are significant as they not only influence the state of our environment but also our economy and people’s livelihoods.”
• “Sustainable use of species is the key to maintaining community livelihoods and a strong economy while also ensuring that species are not threatened as a result,” says Jane Smart, Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group. “This is particularly significant to remember in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity.”
• “CITES COP15 will address a number of critical issues relating to the international trade of species, but many will focus on marine issues,” says Simon Stuart, chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. “The number of marine species affected by illegal, unmanaged and unreported fishing, as well as bycatch, is contributing to many species such as sharks and commercial fish becoming threatened.”

Photos/Audio/Video/Statements can be downloaded from the Media Section at www.iucn.org/media

One-horn rhinoceros at the Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Time for closer collaboration on wildlife trade

Doha, Qatar, Thursday 25 March 2010 (IUCN) – It’s time for joint action and for regulatory bodies to work together to ensure the continued survival of species threatened by wildlife trade, says IUCN at the end of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Doha, Qatar. …  

25 Mar 2010 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

For elephants' sake – let’s get our act together

The elephant issue remains central to CITES though, unfortunately, the emotiveness of the ivory debate has not dissipated and the divisions are as deep now as at any time in the past. IUCN is concerned that much of this may be diverting efforts from the real issues and what must really be done to reduce the impact of illegal killing on Africa’s elephants. …  

22 Mar 2010 | International news release

Press materials and events

Saturday 13 to Thursday 25 March - reactive press statements

Saturday 13 March - opening statement

Friday 19 March, 1400-1700 - biodiversity workshop for media, Sheraton Hotel

Saturday 20 March, 0900-1200 - press trip to Oryx Sanctuary, depart Sheraton Hotel

Monday 22 March, 1030-1100 - press briefing, Sheraton Hotel

Wednesday 24 March, 1030-1100 - press Briefing, Sheraton Hotel

Thursday 25 March - closing statement
 

Media team

Nicki Chadwick, Media Relations Officer, t +41 22 999 0229, m +41 76 771 4208, e nicki.chadwick@iucn.org
 
Rania Faouri, Communications Officer, Regional Office for West Asia, m +962 77 788 8522, e rania.faouri@iucn.org

Brian Thomson, Media Relations Manager, m +41 79 721 8326, e brian.thomson@iucn.org
 

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