DSWF heads to CITES to provide technical assistance and advice

DSWF’s Head of Programmes & Policy Georgina Lamb, along with Programmes & Policy Executive Theo Bromfield and DSWF CEO Karen Botha will be travelling to Geneva this week for the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties (CoP18).

Topics discussed and decisions taken throughout the conference will have a direct effect on the trade of endangered species across the world and the level of international protection granted, either helping key species on the road to recovery or pushing them further down the path of extinction.

Alongside Fondation Franz Weber, the DSWF team will be providing technical assistance and advice to the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) – a committed group of 30 African countries whose elephant populations represent two thirds of African elephant populations across the continent. This group is the true majority voice of elephants in Africa: it calls for the full protection of all African elephants by including them in CITES Appendix I, as well as for the provision of practical guidelines for ivory stockpile management, the closure of all domestic markets and an end to the trade in live elephants.

To find out more about the work DSWF are undertaking alongside Fondation Franz Weber, check out the common position paper.