The international legal wildlife trade involves thousands of species of plants, animals and fungi. Ensuring that this trade remains sustainable is the role of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and it does so through the listing of species in one of its three Appendices, with corresponding trade controls.
In the past few weeks there has been a flood of news coverage about human rights abuses in the name of conservation. Some of these abuses may be due simply to a lack of adequate selection, training and supervision procedures for armed park guards in parts of the world where the rule of law is weak. Others, however, go deeper: they are related to the continued dominance in conservation of a…
As part of the Darwin project 'Why eat wild meat?', the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science have launched two surveys in collaboration with Living Earth and FCTV to understand food choice as a driver of wild meat consumption.
We would greatly appreciate you taking 10-15 minutes to complete one of the…
As a journalism student, I used to find reading the news daily an incredibly depressing task. Having a background in conservation, I was saddened to see that deforestation, species’ extinction and a whole cloud of doom and gloom seemed to be the only allowed angle to report on the environment.
Wild nature is declining rapidly but it is important to remember that amongst the stories of loss there are inspiring stories of regeneration and positive change as well with nature making a difference in people’s lives, and people valuing and nurturing their natural environment.