published on 2 September 2019 in life
CITES COP 18 has ended
The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), held in Geneva, in Switzerland, from 17 to 28 August, has ended. The goals achieved included setting stricter limitations on trade of African elephants captured in the wild for zoos and circuses, confirmation of the ban on trading of ivory, ban on trading of the smooth-coated otter, and increased protection of giraffes, numerous species of sharks (in particular the Mako sharks), various turtles, corals and tropical woods. Delegations arriving from 180 countries and hundreds of international organisations took part in the conference.
CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora threatened with extinction. It is an international convention signed in Washington in 1973 that is not just limited to protecting individual species but also controlling trade of their parts and derivative products, such as skins, wood, plant extracts, so as to guarantee sustainable international trade in wild species.
The next Conference will be held in 2022 in Costa Rica.