For more than 40 years, the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has sponsored a Conference of the Parties (CoP), a global gathering of countries that sign on to the convention, to discuss a wide range of issues that have a significant impact on endangered plants and animals like elephants, rhinos, sharks, pangolins, and parrots.

In September 2016, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s global experts will be at the CoP in Johannesburg, South Africa.  As observers, IFAW reviews and analyzes the proposals under consideration by the CoP, takes positions and makes recommendations, striving to ensure that the international commercial trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

IFAW’s regional leadership teams from North, East, and Southern Africa, China, India, the Middle East, Russia and the US bring strong local networks and expertise to bear on behalf of animals.

As an international organization with deep roots in our local community projects, we are very aware that the people who live closest to endangered wildlife often live in extreme poverty and are in danger of human-wildlife conflict. Our animal rescue and conservation programs are designed to benefit both animals and people so that both can flourish.

Our wildlife trade advocacy focuses on protecting animals who are suffering cruelty and population declines for luxury products that nobody needs.

This September, IFAW has identified as priorities proposals affecting these species:

  • The Barbary macaque
  • Pangolins
  • African gray parrot
  • African elephant
  • African lion
  • Silky shark, thresher shark, and mobula ray

In the lead-up to the conference itself, our experts will be working to solidify support for more protective measures throughout our regional networks, as was most recently accomplished at a gathering of Arab NGOs and government representatives convened by IFAW’s Middle East office and the Princess Alia Foundation of Jordan.

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