Endangered Species

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), newsletter is in now available on its Web page.

The latest edition, July 2006, of "CITES World", the biannual newsletter published by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), in now available, in English, French and Spanish, on the CITES website as an Acrobat PDF file.

Governments Propose New CITES Trade Rules For Dozens of Wildlife Species

The proposals offer detailed arguments on how to improve the conservation
and sustainable use of the African elephant, the minke whale, the great
white shark, various tropical birds, trees and orchids, numerous turtle
species, the southern white rhinoceros, two species of crocodile, the bald
eagle, several medicinal plants and many other species.

A cryogenic seed bank for preservation of endangered plant species

By training, Harold Koopowitz is a neurobiologist, someone who studies the brains and nervous systems of animals. As a child, he collected wildflowers in his native South Africa, and he continued his hobby when he moved to the United States to pursue his profession. When he learned about the high rates of endangerment and extinction faces by plants, he decided to devote some of his scientific ingenuity to their protection. Today, Koopowitz directs the arboretum at the University of California at Irvine. One component of the arboretum’s activities is a cryogenic seed bank.

The Bonaire National Marine Park

The Bonaire Marine Park is considered by many to be one of the world's most successful marine protected areas (MPAs). Bryant et al (1998) estimate that there are at least 400 MPAs including coral reefs in more than 65 countries and territories. However, many MPAs exist only as "paper parks" where legislation is not enforced, resources are lacking and management plans are not properly carried out.

Insurance scheme for resolving conflict between livestock farmers and endangered Snow Leopards.

Snow Leopards prey on the livestock of local farmers who retaliate by killing the predators. From an economic perspective, the local farmers perceive the Snow Leopards’ actions as a risk to their livelihoods and they act to eliminate that risk. In this situation the local farmers perceive the Snow Leopard as having no economic value, or worse, as having a negative value since it threatens their livelihoods.

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