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EIA Wildlife Campaign at CITES CoP18

Follow EIA's Wildlife Campaign at the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties as our campaigners work to ensure protections for some of the world's most at-risk wildlife populations.

August 17, 2019

Wildlife Policy Analyst, Taylor Tench, gives an update on EIA's wildlife priorities on Day 1 of CITES Cop18.



August 18, 2019

The IPBES Global Biodiversity Assessment is a call to action to prevent mass species loss. Wildlife Team Lead Danielle Grabiel of EIA, Senior Attorney Tanya Sanerib of the Center for Biodiversity, and Director of International Wildlife Conservation Zak Smith of NRDC, discuss the response to the report at the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties, and whether CITES will come with the bold, game-changing, precautionary ideas that are required.

Click here to read the IPBES Global Biodiversity Assessment.



August 21, 2019

EIA Wildlife Team Lead Danielle Grabiel, Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund Director Masayuki Sakamoto, and Pan African Wildlife Conservation Network Director Pat Awori talk the need for Japan to close its domestic ivory market in order to save elephants in the African range states.



August 25, 2019

EIA Wildlife Policy Analyst Taylor Tench gives an update from the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties regarding today's two Rhino proposals. Both proposals which sought to weaken protections for the southern white rhino were voted down by CoP18.



August 28, 2019

EIA Wildlife Team Lead Danielle Grabiel, Pan African Wildlife Conservation Network Director Pat Awori, Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund Director Masayuki Sakamoto, and WildlifeDirect Kenya Legal Affairs Manager Jim Karani discuss updates on the closing of domestic ivory markets and the responsibility of Japan moving forward, from the last day of the 18th Meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties.

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Recent Blog Posts

Thirty Years Since the International Ivory Ban, Say Goodbye to Ivory Hanko
01/10/2020
Around 20,000 elephants have been killed every year in Africa, for the past decade at least, to supply the global trade in ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to end international ivory trade in 1989. This year marks thirty years since the ban entered into effect, on January 18, 1990. Still, why does the poaching continue?
New global protection measures for threatened rosewood trees start this week
11/25/2019
A number of threatened tree species have been given a new lease on life. At its 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in August 2019, CITES granted protection to several species – adding them to Appendix II of the binding global wildlife treaty. Ninety days after the decisions were taken in Geneva, the listings for mukula and mulanje cedar are now coming into effect.

Recent Reports

Cashing-In On Chaos
06/03/2020
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s three-year investigation into the Senegal-Gambia-China rosewood traffic uncovered unprecedented evidence on a series of major forest crimes.
Mukula Cartel
12/05/2019
In Zambia the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that a handful of very high profile figures have apparently orchestrated and facilitated massive trafficking operations for years that are driving mukula rosewood trees to the edge of commercial extinction, devastating vulnerable forests and threatening communities’ livelihoods.

Recent Press Releases

Exposed: The Gambia’s Blood Wood Trafficking
06/03/2020
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)’s new report, Cashing-In On Chaos, conclusively establishes links between timber trafficking controlled by Senegalese armed rebels; the decade-long smuggling of an estimated 1.6 million trees from Senegal to The Gambia; and the illegal re-export of the disappearing rosewood trees to China, in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Some of EIA’s findings are featured in the BBC’s documentary The Trees That Bleed: How rosewood is smuggled from Senegal into Gambia, released in March 2020.
ANNOUNCE A ZERO EXPORT QUOTA NOW
12/16/2019
Zambia has at is fingertips an unprecedented opportunity to solve the mukula crisis and stop further forest plunder; will they seize the moment?

Recent Videos

Mukula Cartel
12/05/2019
In Zambia the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that a handful of very high profile figures have apparently orchestrated and facilitated massive trafficking operations for years that are driving mukula rosewood trees to the edge of commercial extinction, devastating vulnerable forests and threatening communities’ livelihoods
Japan’s Ivory Trade Faces Intensifying Opposition at Home and Abroad (Japanese Subtitles)
10/29/2019
Japan’s Ivory Trade Faces Intensifying Opposition at Home and Abroad
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