By Alex Dale, 5 Oct 2016
From 24 September to 5 October 2016, government representatives from around the world descended upon Johannesburg, South Africa, for a vital wildlife conference that will help secure the future of hundreds of species threatened by the demands of international trade.
The 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) was the latest meeting between the 183 countries (or ‘Parties’) across the globe that are voluntarily bound by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that the international trade of plants and animals, for any use, won’t endanger the long-term survival of the species. BirdLife International recognises the important role CITES plays in combatting the threat posed by the wild bird trade and our Partners around the world lobby for better domestic protection of birds and implementation of CITES. You can read more about the work BirdLife does with CITES here.
CoP17 was the first such meeting since 2013, and it was described as a ‘make or break’ conference for several globally threatened species in need of greater protection. Below are some of the headlines from the summit.