The Illegal Trade in Great Apes: Webcast Episode 03
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), will deliver a keynote address during the “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” session at the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council that will be held November 6-8 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“CITES leads the worldwide intergovernmental effort to protect elephants, rhinoceroses, great apes and other wild animals and plants.
“Delegates taking part in the “Great Apes & Illegal Trade” plenary scheduled for November 6 will examine aspects of the illicit trade in chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans, including drivers of the trade, poaching trends, the impact of illegal trade on wild populations, and current law enforcement efforts.”
Faced with “Empty Forests,” Experts Urge Better Regulation of Bushmeat Trade
Nairobi – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (‘bushmeat’) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and destabilising fragile tropical forest ecosystems, say experts at an international conference in Kenya called to discuss the crisis.
There is also a growing domestic trade in bushmeat between rural areas and urban markets, mostly for food. The resulting ’empty forest syndrome’ is increasingly threatening food security, in particular in Central Africa. Stemming the loss of forest fauna will require coordinated action between international actors working on forest and wildlife management, conservation of biodiversity, wildlife trade regulation, law enforcement and health officials, concluded a meeting of experts on the bushmeat trade.