The 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora - took place in Bangkok in early March.
Over 1000 representatives from 170 of the 178 state Parties attended, along with around 1000 observers from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations. IUCN and TRAFFIC both had large delegations in attendance - Rosie Cooney was the part of the IUCN delegation. She briefly summarise key CoP decisions, outline relevant debate and decisions on sustainable use and livelihoods, and reflect on their implications.
She has also developed a more extensive report for discussion within SULi and IUCN - please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy.