CITES Uplisting of Grey Parrots - Interview with Dr. Rowan Martin
Presenter: WPT Staff
Learn about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decision to move Grey Parrots to Appendix 1, and what’s next for the parrots in this interview with Dr. Rowan Martin, WPT’s Africa Programme Director.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 2 October 2016 - African Grey parrots were granted much-needed protection from the wildlife trade by the delegates at the Conference of the Parties to CITES 17 (CoP17), which voted to end all commercial trade in wild African Grey Parrots. The proposal was submitted by Gabon, and co-sponsored by Angola, Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Senegal, Chad, the United States and the European Union. During the debate many other African states spoke up in support of the proposal.
A milestone decision has been reached for the conservation of these birds, but much more has yet to be accomplished to ensure the species’ preservation, including boosting enforcement and compliance in range states and importing countries and the development of in-situ conservation projects.
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