IFAW’s new pocket guide helps combat wildlife crime
IFAW’s Middle East office has just released the second edition of its pocket booklet, “Common Species in Trade (CITES Listed Species).”
The booklet will be distributed in Arabic-speaking countries to those in in charge of controlling the international trade in Middle East and North Africa, including customs officers and agriculture quarantine officers.
One of IFAW’s principles is to assist those who are working on the ground, assessing their needs and working hand-to-hand to support them. This is part of the capacity-building program that IFAW adopted to combat wildlife trafficking several years ago.
The new booklet will help officials in the region who work in entry points to reduce illegal wildlife trade in their country. The booklet provides clear guidelines and information about common species in trade. The Arabic edition of the booklet contains 106 pages, covering more than 85 species commonly traded in the region.
For each species in the booklet, there is a clear picture; its Arabic, English, French and scientific name; and simple information about its range, description, CITES appendix number and forms in the international trade. In addition, the booklet contains an overview about CITES, the standard CITES permits in English and French, and some instructions on handling animals safely.
This booklet is the second pocket manual of species in trade. The first booklet was designed for Eastern and Southern Africa.
We hope that officials in charge of controlling the international wildlife trade will benefit from the new booklet. Five thousand hard copies will be distributed all over the region.