Thursday, March 18, 2010

CITES Meet in Doha to Decide Future of Endangered Species

Starting 15 March, delegates from 175 countries who are a part of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, are meeting to find workable solutions that can protect endangered animal and plant species.

The future of the world's remaining tigers, elephants, rhinos, polar bears, blue fin tuna, sharks, and coral as well as rosewood, mahogany, and holywood will be decided over the next 10 days by the delegates meeting in Doha.

The meeting is held once every three years to decide trade rules for animals and plants at risk of extinction due to commercial trade. The CITES treaty offers varying degrees of protection to some 34,000 species of animals and plants in trade, through a system of permits and certificates.

As the year 2010 has been declared as the Year of Biodiversity, it is believed that CITES will play an important role in regulating the trade of plants and animals and also chalk goals for sustaining and conserving the species.

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