Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pew Podcast: CITES 101

It’s big business, a big vote, and a big moment for sharks.

The Pew Charitable Trusts has developed a series of podcasts that are being released serially during the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Episode 1: Sharks' Big Hope

In the first installment, Sue Lieberman of the Pew Charitable Trusts explains which of the seven species advocates are seeking to protect at this year's conference and how the CITES treaty works to protect more than 30,000 endangered species.

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, takes place in Bangkok, Thailand - March 3 to 14.

At this critical meeting, governments will debate adding five species of sharks and two species of manta rays to the treaty. A positive result will limit international trade of shark fin and meat and manta gill rakers and help reduce the threat of over fishing facing these species.

For nearly 40 years, CITES has shielded thousands of plants and animals from overexploitation through international trade. This treaty is considered one of the best-enforced international conservation agreements.

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