The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of CITES will meet in Geneva from August 17 – 28, 2019.
“CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls. All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system. Each Party to the Convention must designate one or more Management Authorities in charge of administering that licensing system and one or more Scientific Authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the status of the species,” according to the CITES website.
The species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices, according to the degree of protection they need. (For additional information on the number and type of species covered by the Convention click here.)
As the COP nears, preparations by parties and non-governmental organizations to bolster their positions on the listing or delisting of various species. One interesting instrument in this endeavor is a video on rural engagement at CITES, produced by the Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Organizations (NACSO). The video was filmed at a training workshop in Namibia.
Take a look at the following video to see why four Namibian conservationists discuss why the voices of rural conservancy residents should be heard at the international forum.