Global Wildlife Agreement

December 9, 2020 | Category: Uncategorized

As an international champion of the End Wildlife Crime initiative, WCEL recognizes that the protocol would be a major step forward in the fight against wildlife crime. The CMS is the only UN-based intergovernmental organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian gardens. The CMS and its subsidiary agreements define the policy and, through their strategic plans, action plans, resolutions, decisions and directions, provide additional guidance on specific issues. “Any environmental contract must be a living instrument because it must always adapt to the species covered by the treaty,” said Shruti Suresh, a lawyer with the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency. “The current CITES framework can be used to address public health concerns related to the wildlife trade, for example through initiatives to close domestic markets and eliminate demand.” Earlier this year, WCEL drew attention to the problem of illegal wildlife trade in three wcel Webinars: Gandhinagar, February 22 (PTI) Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican of India are among the ten species of wild animals included in the Global Wildlife Agreement on the day of the closing of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMCOPS 13) Saturday. To address these threats, the proposed protocol contains obligations to prevent and combat these crimes. It would require States Parties to enact legislation criminalizing the illegal trade in wild animals or plants in violation of an applicable international convention or national or foreign law. In addition, States Parties would commit to sharing information, strengthening educational, social and cultural policies to counter demand and combat the illegal trade in wildlife. National crimes fuel the illegal cross-border trade in wildlife and wildlife products, live animals and parts of precious wood. The wildlife trade is one of the most lucrative illegal businesses in the world and competes with drug, arms and human trafficking. But many countries often do not treat it as a serious crime.

By John E. Scanlon – On October 16, 2020, the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime released a groundbreaking backgrounder proposing a new international legal framework to combat wildlife crime. It is a laborious process that takes years to get countries to agree on binding treaties. The Paris climate agreement was the year of more than 20 years of climate negotiations and at least four years of targeted negotiations. The urgency created by the pandemic may not be enough to reach a new agreement. Another species that was included in the agreement is the Jaguar, which is highly endangered. Scanlon said he supported raising the profile of wildlife crime by including a protocol under the US Transnational Crime Convention (UNTOC), which currently focuses primarily on human trafficking and arms trafficking. Suresh agreed that this would be a positive step. “This would highlight wildlife crime as organized crime, not just the legal and illegal trade, which is the target that CITES tends to use.” She said it could provide better coordination and support from law enforcement authorities in countries.

The CMS acts as a framework convention and encourages its states parties to conclude global or regional agreements.

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