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WCS is holding a virtual media briefing on Thursday, December 1st, 8AM ET in advance of CBD CoP15 in Montreal Canada.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM CITES COP19: 12-day meeting ends with good news for many species – sharks, turtles, frogs, elephants and more

The following statement was issued today by WCS Vice President of International Policy Dr. Susan Lieberman as governments concluded the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) which started here on Nov. 14 and ends today

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Breaking News at CITES CoP19 for Sharks: Shark Proposals Adopted in Full at Conclusion of Conference in Panama (English, Spanish, French)

With the final adoption of proposals to regulate the trade of requiem sharks and hammerheads as governments conclude the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19), the following statement was issued by Luke Warwick, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Shark and Ray Program:

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Coalition of NGOs Opens Search for Solutions to Curb Unsustainable Wildlife Trade

Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Solution Search: Changing Unsustainable Trade, a crowdsourcing contest to identify organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean with innovative approaches to reducing illegal or unsustainable trade of wildlife.

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News from CITES CoP19: Parties Take Steps to Secure Protection for More than 160 South and Central America Glass Frogs

A CITES CoP19 committee has agreed by consensus to provide international commercial trade protections for all glass frogs, the family Centrolenidae, by listing them in in Appendix II. Final adoption in CITES Plenary is expected by end of week.

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News from CITES CoP19: Parties Take Steps to Secure Protection for South America’s Matamata Turtles

CITES CoP19 Parties agreed by consensus to a proposal to protect both matamata turtle species, Chelus fimbriata and Chelus orinocensis, whose populations are threatened as the turtles are prized by the pet trade. Final adoption in Plenary is expected by end of week.

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News from CITES CoP19: Parties Take Historic Vote to Protect Requiem Sharks and Hammerheads

CITES CoP19 Parties voted to list requiem sharks and hammerheads on CITES Appendix II. Final adoption in Plenary is expected in the coming days.

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The following statement was issued today by Sue Lieberman, Vice President of International Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), at CITES CoP19 on the role of CITES member governments in reducing risk of future pathogen spillover and potential zoonotic disease emergence associated with live wildlife trade.

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WCS is issuing the following statements concerning the revised EU Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking.

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News From CITES CoP19: Survival of Species on the Line at CITES (English and Spanish)

WCS issued the following statement today from CITES CoP19 being held in Panama City, Panama

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