CITES today: Pangolins, macaques uplisted; IFAW announces alignment with INTERPOL on tenBoma

PHOTO: © Ronald Troostwijk/MPC

The great news today out of the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa, was staggering.

First, we celebrated the uplisting of all eight pangolin species.

In two separate votes, one for the four African species and another for the four Asian species was overwhelmingly supportive – with only one single country (Indonesia) voting against the Asian species vote (the African vote was unanimous).

Shortly after eight species of pangolins were uplisted, the endangered Barbary macaque was voted to be transferred from Appendix II to Appendix I as well. The vote was unanimous.

This evening at a CITES side event, INTERPOL and IFAW announced a much anticipated cooperation on IFAW’s tenBoma initiative in Kenya, which represents an important expansion of our longstanding collaboration combatting global wildlife trafficking.

The event featured David Higgins, Head of INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Sub-Directorate, Professor Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Republic of Kenya, Kitili Mbathi Director General, Kenya Wildlife Service, and a variety of IFAW staff who have been crucial to the tenBoma program: James Isiche, Regional Director, Eastern Africa; Steve Njumbi, Head of Programs Eastern Africa and Faye Cuevas, Chief of Staff and tenBoma project lead.

We also invited special guests Dickson Ole Kaelo, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) and Mohamed Koikai Oloitiptip, Olgulului Olalarashi Group Ranch (OOGR) to participate in a discussion of how the communities can be of help in this endeavor.

The open and inclusive nature of the tenBoma initiative enables everyone who cares about wildlife and security to collaborate and enhance their impact, from small community groups to national and international law enforcement. We welcome new partners and look forward to working with them to continuously evolve this enforcement network to work for all partners. Together, we will be stronger and more effective in destroying criminal trafficking networks than any of us could have been alone.

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