International Community Uniting for Wildlife, NGOs Say

National Geographic posted an article titled, “International Community Uniting for Wildlife, NGOs say.” The article reads in part as follows;

“As the world’s largest environmental and nature event takes place in Hawaii, conservationists herald the adoption of 85 motions calling on the international community to do more to save endangered species and habitats.

Over 8,000 delegates representing governments, business, the scientific community, NGOs and indigenous peoples from more than 160 countries will [have attended] the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), from September 1-10. Major topics on the agenda include debate over the closure of domestic markets for ivory.

Ahead of the Congress, IUCN members voted electronically to adopt important motions, reflecting global concern for the conservation of several endangered species, including calling for urgent action to save the helmeted hornbill, eels, tigers, leopards, giraffes, lions, pangolins, vultures, the vaquita porpoise, the silky shark, thresher shark and mobula rays.

Belinda Wright, Executive Director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), was heartened by the adoption of these motions, stating: “Hot on the heels of President Obama’s speech linking conservation efforts to combating the impact of climate change, this shows us the world still cares about the species we are battling to protect.” [Watch the President’s speech on video]

All eyes are now on government delegates attending the forthcoming 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP17), to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), opening on September 24 in Johannesburg. Many of the issues raised in the IUCN motions relate to illegal and unsustainable trade and to the impact of parallel legal markets for body parts of endangered species.”

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