Undelivered intervention on Agenda item 15, Participatory mechanisms for rural communities in CITES

Undelivered intervention on Agenda item 15, Participatory mechanisms for rural communities in CITES As the meeting drags on, Committee II has reached the night session (19:00-22:00) of 16 November, discussing CITES, and indigenous peoples and rural communities. Given the split view on the matter amongst Parties, the three agenda items (13-15) triggered long discussions. Respecting …

CITES Parties opt for national inclusion of indigenous peoples and not for international inclusion

CITES Parties opt for national inclusion of indigenous peoples and not for international inclusion Committee II of the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) discussed the renewal of decisions that concerned the sharing of experiences of engaging indigenous peoples and local communities in the CITES decision-making and implementation processes. While, in principle, the Committee accepted …

Nyama – An impressive short movie about the conflict between livelihoods, conservation and tourism 

Introduction On 28 January I had the honour of being invited to an online screening of the short movie Nyama. The event was organised by Survival International and was followed by a Q&A session with the directors and the actors. Nyama is somewhat of a teaser of a larger film project called Small Gods, both …

International wildlife trade and the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction The ongoing crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has very quickly reached global proportions. Virtually every country in the world is affected by the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at this point, more than 274 million cases of infection have been reported with almost 5,4 …