The World Wildlife Conference, which will take place in Panama in November, is being asked to consider stricter trade regulations for nearly six hundred species of animals and plants believed to be under increased threat of extinction from international trade.
In what’s being seen as a barometer for the state of the world’s wildlife, just 9 species are being recommended for less restrictive trade regulations.
Proposals have been put forward to review the regulations on rhinos, elephants, rosewoods and other timber species, sharks, orchids, turtles and rhodiola or golden root.
A total of 52 proposals will be up for decision, with countries already working together behind the scenes to bring the focus onto species of common interest. Forty-seven Parties have proposed or are co-proposing these proposals.
The World Wildlife Conference is held by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)