2-minute survey on the attitude towards whales and whaling

2-minute survey on the attitude towards whales and whaling Later on this year, Routledge will publish the book Japan's Withdrawal from International Whaling Regulation: Implications for Global Environmental Diplomacy, edited by Dr Nikolas Sellheim & Prof Joji Morishita.┬áThe book will be a collection of articles that consider the IWC from different perspectives in light of …

The December-issue of The Digest has been released!

The December-issue of The Digest has been released! Following the meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the recently released issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest exclusively deals with selected elements of these meetings. The Digest can be accessed …

New article on “Increasing the Effectiveness of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species”

New article on "Increasing the Effectiveness of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species" Dr Nikolas Sellheim and Jochen Schumacher of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Environmental Law just published an open access article on the effectiveness of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) in the Journal of …

Plenary session marks the beginning of the end of CITES CoP19

Plenary session marks the beginning of the end of CITES CoP19 Thursday, 24 November 2022, marks the beginning of the final plenary sessions of CITES CoP19. After 1 1/2 weeks of intensive discussions on 52 Proposals to amend the Appendices and numerous agenda items, the two Committees established under the Rules of Procedure of the …

CITES does not seem to value concerns for livelihoods and food security

CITES does not seem to value concerns for livelihoods and food security In a document brought forth by Botswana, Cambodia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, the proponents aimed to include livelihoods and food security into the criteria for amending the CITES Appendices. At present, the criteria, which are set in Resolution Conf. 9.24 (Rev. CoP17), it is …

Delivered intervention on Proposal 49 to uplist Brazil wood from Appendix II to Appendix I

Delivered intervention on Proposal 49 to uplist Brazil wood from Appendix II to Appendix I During the night session (19:00-22:00) on 17 November, the controversial Proposal no. 49, tabled by Brazil was discussed in Committee I. The proposal seeks the uplisting of Brazil wood (Paubrasilia echinata), also known as pernambuco, was discussed. Due to its …

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 …