Wildlife Trade Summit ‘Do Or Die’ Moment For Endangered Animals.
CITES COP17 Conference is presently running from 24th September to 5th October in Johannesburg, South Africa. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments, and it aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.
This article informs us of negotiations that are ongoing at CITES COP17 regarding the critical nature of endangered species of animals worldwide.
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