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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - CITES

620kg of ivory seized at Dubai airport

Posted on 26/08/2015

More than 620kg of ivory worth Dh5 million was seized at Dubai International Airport last month, the General Administration of Airport Security at Dubai Police said on Tuesday. The ivory, seized from five different smugglers who were all coming from African countries, was destined for countries in America and Asia. They were arrested while transiting through Dubai Airport. Ivory trade is internationally banned according to the CITES convention, which the UAE joined in 1990. The illegal trade ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment and Water holds coordination meeting to discuss control methods aimed at curbing illegal trade of endangered plants and animals

Posted on 17/08/2015

The Ministry of Environment and Water, through its Biodiversity and Awareness and Education Department, recently held a coordination meeting with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, Dubai Municipality, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, to discuss the latest control methods and guidelines covering the illegal trade of endangered animal and plant species covered under the Convention on International Trade in ...  >>MORE

MoEW launches campaign to educate travellers on illegal elephant ivory trade

Posted on 10/08/2015

The Ministry of Environment and Water has announced that the educational campaign it launched earlier this week at Abu Dhabi International Airport which tackles the issue of illegal elephant ivory trade, has drawn strong participation from travellers. The campaign, which will run until August 13th was organised in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Customs and Abu Dhabi Airports, as well as the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The campaign showcases samples of previously confiscated elephant ...  >>MORE

Huge response to Ministry of Environment and Water's campaign on illegal trade in elephant ivory

Posted on 07/08/2015

The Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory campaign, launched by the Ministry of Environment and Water, from 2nd to 13th August, at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in co-operation with the Abu Dhabi Customs, the Abu Dhabi Airports Corporation and the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW), has received significant response from the public. Aisha Al Abdouli, Director of Awareness and Education Department at the Ministry, said the campaign aims to educate travellers about the legal ...  >>MORE

Awareness campaign combating trafficking of ivory begins at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 02/08/2015

An awareness campaign to combat trafficking of ivory was launched yesterday at Abu Dhabi International Airport's transit area, which is expected to reach to more than 300,000 passengers during its run until 13th of August. Transit passengers will learn that smuggling ivory could lead to prosecution under an awareness campaigned of the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), Abu Dhabi International Airport Custom - the General Directorate of Customs, Abu Dhabi Airports and the ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Environment says online trade of animals and plants listed in CITES is illegal and dangerous

Posted on 06/07/2015

Saif Mohammed Al Shara, Under-Secretary of the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water's External Audit Sector, has said that online trade of animals and plants listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, through social networking platforms and websites is illegal and can be risky. He said that it is a violation of Federal Law No.11 of 2002, regulating and controlling the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. ...  >>MORE

UAE destroys confiscated ivory, becoming first Arab country to destroy illegal ivory

Posted on 30/04/2015

The UAE became the first Arab country to destroy its ivory stock when it destroyed over 10 tonnes of raw and crafted confiscated elephant ivory this morning in a powerful symbol that these pieces have no value and are driving the current slaughter of elephants. The event was hosted by UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and organised in conjunction with Dubai Municipality, Dubai Airports, Dubai Customs and International Fund for Animal Welfare. The stockpile, confiscated over the years as ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to destroy illegal ivory

Posted on 07/04/2015

As part of the country's obligations towards international conventions and agreements, especially CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality has handed over six tonnes of ivory, which its inspectors had confiscated, to the Ministry of Environment and Water. Alyaa Al Harmoodi, Director of the Department, said the ivory had been seized by inspectors of the department during their routine daily ...  >>MORE

Airport Security of Dubai Police foils smuggle attempt of 16 pieces of African elephant tusk

Posted on 09/10/2014

The squad of the General Department of Airport Security of Dubai Police, has seized 16 pieces of African elephant tusk with two Asian passengers coming from an African country and heading to their home country through the Dubai International Airport's terminal 3. The trade in elephant tusks is banned in accordance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ,CITES, which regulates international trade in endangered fauna and flora. The security ...  >>MORE

RAK mulls granting 18 sites ‘preserved’ status

Posted on 01/08/2014

The government of Ras Al Khaimah may turn 18 locations into natural preserved areas to protect 330 migratory and sedentary bird species along with mangrove trees. A senior official said these land and marine sites is home to hundreds of rare animals and plants which face the danger of extinction. "Up to 330 migratory and resident bird species flock to the coastal and desert areas of the emirate for reproduction,” said Dr Saif Al Ghais, Director of the Environment Protection and Development ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. participates in 65th meeting of CITES in Geneva

Posted on 14/07/2014

The U.A.E. Ministry of Environment and Water, MoEW, has participated in the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which concluded recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation from the U.A.E. was headed by Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity, Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, and Ahmed Al Hashimi, Director of Bio-diversity, MoEW. The country's ...  >>MORE

UAE takes part in COP16 meeting

Posted on 20/03/2013

The UAE, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) took part in the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), held recently in Bangkok, Thailand. The UAE delegation to Cop16 was led by Assistant Undersecretary of MoEW for Agricultural and Livestock Affairs, Saif Mohammed Al Sharea, and included, from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the Executive Director of Animal Welfare Affairs, Nasser Ali Al Shamsi, and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs organises training course on CITES Convention

Posted on 05/07/2012

In collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and with the participation of 33 inspectors from different Customs Centres, Dubai Customs organised a three days training course about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The three days training course program comes within a series of training and workshops programs being organised by Dubai Customs with the objective of raising awareness of customs inspectors about ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs and the International Fund for Animal Welfare sign MoU

Posted on 21/05/2012

Dubai Customs inked Sunday, a cooperative agreement with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) aiming at joint coordination between the two sides over a number of fields particularly in the area of customs training on combat of smuggling endangered fauna and flora, exchange of information and expertise and benefiting from the facilities and capabilities available to IFAW. The signature of this agreement came as part of Dubai Customs` awareness campaign about endangered species ...  >>MORE

MoEW foils bid to smuggle CITES-listed falcons, Houbara bustards

Posted on 10/10/2010

The Ministry of Environment '&' Water has, in collaboration with the Coast Guards, foiled an attempt to sneak to smuggle endangered species of falcons and Houbara bustards that are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, into the country. The Ministry's border inspection teams detected an attempt to enter 5 Shaheen falcons and 10 Houbara bustards into the country, in a clear violation of the CITES regulations and the veterinary quarantine law, observed in the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Wildlife Society and EAD help stamp out illegal animal trade

Posted on 02/07/2008

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 ...  >>MORE

Illegal caviar operation busted

Posted on 12/07/2007

An unlicensed plant in Ajman has been referred to Ajman Police for legal action for illegal trade in caviar. During a raid, officials of the Ministry of Environment and Water and Ajman Municipality found that the plant was processing and trading in caviar, in breach of the federal law for regulating and controlling species listed in the Appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, (CITES). Caviar is the eggs of sturgeons, a group of fish ...  >>MORE

UAE CITES Authority confiscates 45kg of caviar

Posted on 04/05/2006

The UAE CITES Management Authority has raided a well-known retailer in Abu Dhabi and confiscated large quantities of unlicensed caviar worth Dh 180,000. The campaign, part of efforts on regulating and controlling species listed in the Appendices of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), seized 45 kilograms of Beluga and Sevruga which are the best flavoured varieties of caviar, a press release said. The CITES authorities unveiled that the smuggling ...  >>MORE

New centre set up to help protect wildlife

Posted on 22/11/2005

A new wildlife conservation centre has been established under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to help boost protection of the environment. This was announced by Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), on the sidelines of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Cites) Falcon Enforcement Task Force meeting, which began here yesterday. The Endangered Wildlife Breeding and ...  >>MORE

Crackdown on trading in endangered species

Posted on 20/08/2005

The hunter has become the hunted in the wake of a concerted drive by the UAE authorities to crack down on the flourishing trade in animals and their skins. Trading in animals, alive or stuffed, has long been a lucrative proposition for smugglers, unconcerned about the extinction of various species. According to Khaleej Times daily, the current crackdown is aimed at curbing these evil perpetrators of cruelty and violence against mute animals. A case in point is the recent seizure of a large ...  >>MORE

Caviar confiscated

Posted on 25/06/2005

Gleaming caviar worth Dh35,000 was found being sold illegally without proper documentation in Abu Dhabi, and was confiscated by the authorities. A recent check at an Abu Dhabi supermarket by the Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) staff resulted in the finding of the caviar being sold without proper Cites documentation. "This is yet another step in the drive to combat illegal trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora in the ...  >>MORE

UAE placed in Cites Category One status

Posted on 22/06/2005

Following legislation to protect endangered animals and plants the UAE now has Category One status to implement the Geneva-based Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) regulations. This puts the UAE in the same category with countries that have made the combating of illegal trade of fauna and flora a high priority. Other countries in Category One include some European Union nations, Japan, Australia and Canada. The UAE has achieved this status due to its efforts ...  >>MORE

Yet another whistle blown on illegal monkeys in pet shops

Posted on 17/06/2005

Only two hours after receiving a tip-off from an alert dedicated teacher from one of the Emirate's private schools, staff of the UAE CITES Management Authority at the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) raided a pet shop in Al Ain and confiscated a Rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) which was being sold illegally and without the proper documentation. Interestingly, these species of monkeys were the first primates to be rocketed into space! CITES in the UAE encourages members of the public to alert ...  >>MORE

UAE to host consultative meeting on trade in falcons for falconry

Posted on 16/05/2004

The UAE is to host the Consultative meeting on trade in falcons for falconry being organized by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat at the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers in Abu Dhabi, from May 16 to 19. The aim of the consultative meeting is to identify the main problems in controlling the trade in falcons for falconry (political, administrative, technical, scientific, enforcement) and to propose practical solutions to these problems, ...  >>MORE

Endangered animals species confiscated

Posted on 14/03/2004

Staff of the UAE CITES Management Authority from the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) raided recently pet shops at the animal market in Mina Area in the capital and confiscated a number of endangered animals being sold illegally without the proper documentation. This raid netted monkeys, a snake and a tortoise. CITES official source said that the confiscated animal were of different species included five Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) - found in Africa, one Royal Python (Python regius) - ...  >>MORE

Gang of traders in Houbara birds held

Posted on 06/01/2004

The Ministry of Interior announced yesterday that its law enforcement teams have captured a multi-national gang of vendors illegally trading in Houbara birds. In remarks shortly after the arrest of the group, Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior praised the concerted efforts exerted by the law enforcement personnel in the ministry and authorities of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). "The cooperation of ...  >>MORE

WWF organises CITES training workshop

Posted on 12/10/2003

The World Wide Fund for Nature in association with Emirates Wildlife Society (WWF/EWS) is organising a training workshop for UAE officials concerned with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Being held on 11- 15 October at Dubai's Emirates Towers Hotel, the workshop is the fourth one of a series dealing with proper procedures and challenges of CITES. The specific thrust of this particular workshop will be on training officials to become ...  >>MORE

CITES Federal Law comes into force, WWF-UAE extends assistance

Posted on 28/05/2003

The federal law to implement CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) entered into force on April 26, 2003. This means that all businesses involved in such trade (such as caviar, agar wood oud, furniture, plant and pet stores), will now be liable if trade in CITES listed species is not regulated through a system of certificates and permits issued by the Management Authority (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, ...  >>MORE

Hamdan highlights steps taken to lift CITES trade suspension

Posted on 26/11/2002

The Standing Committee of the General Secretariat of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) decided in its Forty-seventh meeting held in Santiago -Chile in November to lift endangered wildlife trade suspension that had been imposed by the General Secretariat on the UAE since November last year. The decision came after the UAE government took several urgent actions to combat illegal trade in wildlife, and to reorganize the CITES legal framework in the country. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Zayed issues law on endangered species

Posted on 24/10/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan issued today a federal law on regulations and control of international trade on endangered plant and animal species. The legislation, comprising 40 articles and three addenda, defines fauna and flora species facing extinction. It will take effect in six months following its promulgation in the official Gazette. The move underlines UAE's commitment to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) which it ...  >>MORE

IUCN/SSC -RSG and ERWDA issue guidelines for placement of Confiscated Animals in Arabic

Posted on 06/10/2002

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC), along with the Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG), which is hosted by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in Abu Dhabi, has issued a bi-lingual (Arabic-English) booklet on the Guidelines for the Placement of Confiscated Animals. The guidelines are meant to deal with large numbers of live animals that are daily shipped around the world. When illegal shipments ...  >>MORE

CITES ban partially lifted

Posted on 25/08/2002

The General Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) has partially lifted the ban imposed on the UAE, nullifying its recommendation to suspend trade in specimens of CITES species. The move allows the UAE to transport live birds of prey for non-commercial purposes. The CITES Standing Committee decided on April 9 to withdraw its recommendation to suspend trade in specimens of CITES species with the UAE in three phases: Phase 1: With ...  >>MORE

UAE abides by CITES rules says minister

Posted on 19/08/2002

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 ...  >>MORE

Law to halt endangered species trading

Posted on 25/05/2002

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) has prepared a federal draft law on trading in endangered species in response to the terms laid down by the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), to get a ban lifted. The ban was slapped on the UAE for not making sufficient efforts to combat trade in endangered species. The law, which is considered the first ever in GCC states, is the third and final step of a three-step normalisation process required by ...  >>MORE

CITES partially lifts trade ban

Posted on 10/04/2002

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has partially lifted the trade ban on the UAE, officials at the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said yesterday. The lack of effort in combating the trade in specimens of CITES-listed endangered wildlife species led to the suspension of the UAE from the partnership on November 20 last year. The suspension means that import, export or re-export of any of the CITES-listed ...  >>MORE

Rule to protect endangered species

Posted on 05/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA), are considering a local rule to protect endangered species in support of a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreement, to which the UAE is a signatory. The rule will specify those endangered species that can be traded, and penalties to be imposed against offenders. The UAE became a member of CITES in 1974.Since then, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been authorised ...  >>MORE

UAE reinstated to CITES

Posted on 21/03/2002

The UAE government's fast response to the CITES suspension, has resulted in the UAE being fully reinstated into the global Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Fauna and Flora. The CITES Secretariat announced the development on 16 March. The UAE's reinstatement follows a promise to introduce better laws, and several wildlife management and conservation reforms, such as a national registry for falcons. ...  >>MORE

UAE reinstated to CITES

Posted on 17/03/2002

Rapid action on the part of the UAE Government has resulted in the country being fully reinstated into the global Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, the CITES Secretariat announced yesterday, one day after the four-day meeting of its Standing Committee in Geneva. The UAE's reinstatement is attached to several groundbreaking wildlife management and conservation reforms shortly to be implemented within the emirates, including a national registry for ...  >>MORE

Urgent action to combat illegal trading in endangered animals, plants

Posted on 07/02/2002

The UAE federal government is taking urgent action to combat illegal wildlife trade to lift the endangered wildlife trade suspension that has been imposed by the General Secretariat of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on November 20. Several meetings were held in the last few months with concerned government agencies to discuss the steps which should be taken to crackdown on illegal imports or trading in endangered animals and plants, or their products, and ...  >>MORE

Endangered primates confiscated

Posted on 30/01/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), with the assistance of Abu Dhabi Police, on Monday raided two pet shops in the capital and confiscated seven endangered primates, including two baby chimpanzees. Acting on a tip-off, ERWDA officials confiscated two African baby chimpanzees, both about four-months-old, two African Vervet monkeys and three South American tamarins from a shop in the Pet Souq near Port Zayed. An investigating team from ERWDA also spotted two ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import and export of endangered birds

Posted on 27/10/2001

The UAE has banned the importation and exportation of bustard and other endangered birds. A ministerial decree issued today by Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ragabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, puts into force the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES. The decree makes it strictly prohibited the importation, exportation or re-exportation of all kinds of live or dead bustards, and other endangered animals, including birds, or products which fall under the list of ...  >>MORE

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620kg of ivory seized at Dubai airport


Ministry of Environment and Water holds coordination meeting to discuss control methods aimed at curbing illegal trade of endangered plants and animals


MoEW launches campaign to educate travellers on illegal elephant ivory trade


Huge response to Ministry of Environment and Water's campaign on illegal trade in elephant ivory


Awareness campaign combating trafficking of ivory begins at Abu Dhabi International Airport


UAE Ministry of Environment says online trade of animals and plants listed in CITES is illegal and dangerous


UAE destroys confiscated ivory, becoming first Arab country to destroy illegal ivory


Dubai Municipality to destroy illegal ivory


Airport Security of Dubai Police foils smuggle attempt of 16 pieces of African elephant tusk


RAK mulls granting 18 sites ‘preserved’ status


U.A.E. participates in 65th meeting of CITES in Geneva


UAE takes part in COP16 meeting


Dubai Customs organises training course on CITES Convention


Dubai Customs and the International Fund for Animal Welfare sign MoU


MoEW foils bid to smuggle CITES-listed falcons, Houbara bustards


Emirates Wildlife Society and EAD help stamp out illegal animal trade


Illegal caviar operation busted


UAE CITES Authority confiscates 45kg of caviar


New centre set up to help protect wildlife


Crackdown on trading in endangered species


Caviar confiscated


UAE placed in Cites Category One status


Yet another whistle blown on illegal monkeys in pet shops


UAE to host consultative meeting on trade in falcons for falconry


Endangered animals species confiscated


Gang of traders in Houbara birds held


WWF organises CITES training workshop


CITES Federal Law comes into force, WWF-UAE extends assistance


Hamdan highlights steps taken to lift CITES trade suspension


Zayed issues law on endangered species


IUCN/SSC -RSG and ERWDA issue guidelines for placement of Confiscated Animals in Arabic


CITES ban partially lifted


UAE abides by CITES rules says minister


Law to halt endangered species trading


CITES partially lifts trade ban


Rule to protect endangered species


UAE reinstated to CITES


UAE reinstated to CITES


Urgent action to combat illegal trading in endangered animals, plants


Endangered primates confiscated


UAE bans import and export of endangered birds