A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities?

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities? CITES listings, indigenous peoples and local communities In a contribution to the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Cooney et al. (2021) argue for the consideration of socio-economic factors when Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing

74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in full swing Introduction The Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is currently gathering for its 74th meeting ('SC74) in Lyon, France. The committee paves the way for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP), which …

Hambühren auf dem Weg zur Nachhaltigen Kommune

Einleitung Die von den Vereinten Nationen (UN) verabschiedeten 17 Nachhaltigkeitsziele (engl. Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) haben nun auch ihren Weg in die Gemeinde Hambühren in Niedersachsen im Landkreis Celle gefunden. © Nikolas Sellheim, 2022. Die knapp 10.500 Einwohner umfassende Gemeinde hat unter der Leitung von Bürgermeister Carsten Kranz (parteilos) im Sommer 2021 den Entschluss gefasst, …

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 …

New peer-reviewed article published open access

Mine and Otava Ojanperä's peer-reviewed article "Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies" has been published open access in Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Please click here to read the whole piece or click here to read a summary.

Our new study shows lack of recognition of indigenous youth in international conservation law

Introduction In a forthcoming peer-reviewed study in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) entitled “Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies”, myself and Otava Ojanperä (University of Helsinki) examine five agreements and in how far they consider indigenous youth as legitimate stakeholders. The study was carried out under the …

Does the UN step up its game (again) to tackle illicit wildlife trade?

Introduction On 23 July 2021 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution A/75/L.116 'Tackling illicit wildlife trade'. The resolution is the fifth resolution of the UNGA after resolutions in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 on this very issue. While the underlying narrative is essentially the same - i.e. the protection of biodiversity through the …

On the feasibility of an automated mechanism to list species on the CITES Appendices

Introduction In February 2019 Frank & Wilcove published a short paper in Science in which they argued that due to long delays in the processes of listing species on Appendix I and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) effective conservation cannot be guaranteed (here). They …

Book Review: Tanya Wyatt’s “Is CITES Protecting Wildlife? Assessing Implementation and Compliance.”

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was adopted in 1973 and entered into force two years later, has been hailed as one of the most successful multilateral conservation treaties in the world. This is also because it now has a membership of 183, which is one …