The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES) ~ 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17)

24 September 2016 to 05 October 2016 ~ Johannesburg, South Africa

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, (CITES), is a global treaty that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. The treaty covers more than 35,000 species of wild plants and animals. With 181 member countries and the European Union (called “Parties”), CITES also provides the necessary framework for global cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking.

Every three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, including changes in protections for certain species. (Additional information on CoP17)


WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society was represented by Lisa Ann Salamat, Esq. our CEO and Philip J. Nyhus, Ph.D. from Colby College, our environmental & wildcat conservation chief consultant ~ Our mission: to inspire, engage, & support initiatives to protect all wildcats!

~ Dispatches from Johannesburg ~

Proposals for consideration by the Parties involving trade of the Felidae species included:

An uplisting from Appendix 2 to Appendix 1 for African lions, was not accepted by the Parties;

A downlisting of the Eastern cougar and Florida panther from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 was accepted by the Parties; and

Stronger protections for the illegal trade in live cheetahs was accepted by the Parties.


The next Conference of the Parties – CoP18 will be held in Sri Lanka in 2019.

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