One year after the adoption of the Communication on an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, the European Commission organised a Conference on 8 February 2017 to take stock of progress made and identify next steps for the implementation of this Action Plan.
The EU Action Plan was endorsed by the EU Member States in June 2016 and by the European Parliament through a resolution adopted in November 2016 .
A large number of actions and initiatives have been taken at the EU and national levels since the inception of the Action Plan.
The Conference brought together experts from Member States, business sector and civil society and focused on the implementation of the EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking within the EU.
The Conference not only represented an opportunity for public authorities from the EU Member States to exchange on their experiences in addressing wildlife trafficking as part of the implementation of the Action Plan. The Conference also specifically discussed the way to increase the engagement of the European business sector against wildlife trafficking, with a special focus on the exotic pet sector, the air transport and the courier industry.
Mr Calleja, Director General for the Environment in the European Commission, and Mr John Scanlon, Secretary General of the CITES Convention, opened the session. The event was closed by EU Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella and EU Commissioner for Security Union Julian King.
The agenda is available here. Presentations given at the Conference by the different speakers can be found by clicking on their name in the agenda.
More information on the EU Approach to Combat Wildlife Trafficking can be found here.
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The 17th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) closed on 4 October in Johannesburg, South Africa. The EU participated for the first time as a Party, alongside all 28 Member States, speaking and voting as a block with a strong united voice. All proposals put forward by the EU were adopted. The EU and 182 countries that are Parties to CITES decided to grant higher protection to a range of plants and animals that are endangered due to their legal or illegal trade.
For further information on CoP17, including the CoP results, please consult the CITES webpage.
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15th Conference of the Parties to CITES - Doha (Qatar), 13 - 25 March 2010
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