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UAE abides by CITES rules says minister

posted on 19/08/2002: 1690 views

The UAE yesterday reiterated its strict compliance with international rules banning trading in endangered species in line with the policy of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to protect the wildlife.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, said the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is in the process of streamlining trade in falcons and other species to enforce the regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).

The minister was responding to a question on the 'Speak to the Minister' website by a visitor, who said he had a collection of falcons and wanted to come to the UAE to sell them. "There are strict regulations on the import of falcons into the UAE and their sale here in accordance with the regulations of the CITES," Sheikh Abdullah said. "All captive falcons must also be registered. For details, I suggest you contact the ERWDA."

In a statement last week, the ERWDA which is charged with wildlife affairs in the emirate, urged falcon owners to register them and get travel documents for the birds. It said registration will start in October and all incoming and outgoing falcons will require passports.

The UAE has set up scores of reserves for endangered animals and birds and banned hunting in most areas in a bid to revive its eroding wildlife. The reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island is one of the biggest in the Middle East, housing more than 150,000 creatures. (The Gulf News)


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