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CITES CoP19 Adopts 365 Decisions to Advance Threatened Species' Protection | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD - IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub
The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) adopted 46 of the 52 proposals to amend the Convention’s Appendices to increase or decrease controls on international trade in wildlife and wildlife products.
According to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report of the meeting, these amendments “bring many species of sharks, lizards, turtles, fish, birds, frogs, and more than a hundred tree species under CITES control to ensure the sustainability of these species in the wild while allowing their international trade.” In addition, delegates adopted a record 365 decisions to advance protection of threatened wildlife species while at the same time allowing international trade.
The meeting took place at a critical moment. Several recent scientific reports and articles, the ENB notes, have underscored the urgency of halting and reversing biodiversity loss, highlighting overexploitation as one of the main threats to wild plants and animals worldwide, along with habitat loss and climate change. CITES is also approaching its 50th anniversary, which prompted its Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero to invite delegated to reflect on the Convention’s past and future and “on how well it had achieved its original goals.”
Hailed by many organizations in the conservation world as “a huge success,” CoP19 brought 100 species of sharks and rays, over 150 tree species, 160 amphibian...