Help set the agenda to protect forests at the CITES summit

Friends of the Earth Netherlands wants governments to combat deforestation by taking CITES measures to regulate trade, but will they move beyond their fear of detrimental economic impacts and lobbying from the timber industry? To make sure change happens, we need your help.

In early June, the 14th conference of the 'Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora' (CITES) will be held in the Netherlands.

The convention regulates international trade in endangered species and protects plants and animals from extinction.  But Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands wants CITES to do more - their proposed changes to the convention would make an impact on the international trade in destructively and illegally logged wood.

Minister Verburg of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality will chair a special meeting for all ministers of the participating countries. Agenda items include the role of CITES in combating non-sustainable trade in wood and fish, as well as the enforcement of CITES. This meeting will be vital in helping to shape CITES policy in the years to come. At present, very few of the tree species traded internationally in great numbers are on the CITES list.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands wants governments to combat deforestation by taking CITES measures to regulate trade, but will they move beyond their fear of detrimental economic impacts and lobbying from the timber industry?

To make sure change happens, we need your help.

 

Act now! 

It only takes 2 minutes to send an email , calling on the meeting to place more commercially traded tree species on the CITES list during the ministerial conference, and to ensure that enforcement of the CITES convention is improved.

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Find out more at the Friends of the Earth Netherlands website.