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Emirates Wildlife Society and EAD help stamp out illegal animal trade

posted on 02/07/2008: 3720 views

Emirates Wildlife Society has produced Arabic manuals aimed at preventing the trade of endangered animals in the UAE, a statement said yesterday. The Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF), in partnership with Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD), has completed the final phase of their five-year project on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

CITES is an international agreement between governments designed to halt the trade of endangered animals. The project has resulted in the publication of Arabic manuals of the convention to help Arabic-speaking government officials and customs agents to identify species in order to tackle the illegal trade of wildlife in the UAE. The manuals are comprehensive, devoid of technical jargon, and easy to understand.

"In order to effectively combat the illegal trade of wildlife, it's essential that government and customs officials are able to identify these species, hence the development of the CITES manuals," stated Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EWS-WWF.

The project, which began in 2002, has already helped the UAE customs authorities capture a wide variety of illegal specimens, such as shahtoosh shawls, ivory, live primates and wild cats to name a few. It has recently been estimated that the global world wildlife trade is worth over US$10 billion annually. – Khaleej Times


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