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Open Letter: African Elephant Coalition calls on Europe to show leadership on global biodiversity by closing the EU ivory market

Open Letter: African Elephant Coalition calls on Europe to show leadership on global biodiversity by closing the EU ivory market

Dear Executive Vice-President Timmermans, The collapse of Africa’s natural ecosystems through habitat destruction, climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources such as the uncontrolled trade in wildlife, has reached a crisis point, one that is now compounded by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We, the Council of Elders of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), an alliance of more than 30 African States, would like to call on the European Commission to consider the impact this pandemic has on Africa’s already strained biodiversity as well as the lives of billions of people...

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BRIEFING DOCUMENT: Sustainable Use, Rural Communities and Livelihoods

BRIEFING DOCUMENT: Sustainable Use, Rural Communities and Livelihoods

SUMMARY OF WORKING DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO CITES CoP18 CoP 18 Doc. 11 Review of the Convention (Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe) SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS Document 11 does not contain draft Decisions or Resolution text but makes a series of recommendations: Review of the Convention Undertake a comprehensive review of the Convention with the aim of “improving the equitability of the Convention with regards to the role of people and States to be the best protectors of their own wild fauna and flora and the rights of rural communities and indigenous people over...

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AEC International Call to Action to governments all over the world  to protect the African Elephant

AEC International Call to Action to governments all over the world to protect the African Elephant

Elephant numbers are declining significantly throughout Africa and Asia. We have been battling intensified poaching and trafficking since the ivory auctions in 2008, yet every year, at least 20,000 African elephants continue to be poached for their ivory, including in Southern Africa. Bold international action is needed to save this iconic animal from becoming extinct in many parts of its range, within the decade.  Appeal for international support to halt the decline of the elephants Ahead of the 18th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

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Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties Geneva (Switzerland), 17 – 28 August 2019: ADOPTION OF THE WORKING PROGRAMME

Eighteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties Geneva (Switzerland), 17 – 28 August 2019: ADOPTION OF THE WORKING PROGRAMME

This document has been prepared by the Secretariat. At its 70th meeting (SC70, Sochi, October 2018), the Standing Committee approved a draft working programme for the present meeting. The Secretariat has supplemented this draft, with the additional documents submitted by Parties and the Secretariat since SC70 and a revised version is found in the annexes to the present document.The present document contains three Annexes: a) Annex 1:Provisional working programme for the plenary meeting; b) Annex 2:Provisional working programme for Committee I; and c) Annex 3:Provisional working programme for...

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