Tracking Plant Trade in the 21st Century


Tracking Plant Trade in the 21st Century

Speaker: Noel McGough, Head of Conventions and Policy,Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Thursday 20th February 2014, 18.00-19.00

Wild Fauna and Flora

CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - had it's genesis at an IUCN meeting in 1963 and was finally agreed in 1973. It was established as an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in wild plants and animals does not threaten their survival. With 179 Parties CITES is now among the conservation and sustainable use agreements with the largest membership.Regulating trade in wild fauna and their products has grabbed much of the headlines and availableresources but asignificant range of plant groups are covered by the convention.Regulating the international trade in CITES listed plants is a complex process ranging from tracking habitat collected wild plants to tracingtimbers, oils, essences and medicines as they criss- cross international borders at 21st century speed. The speaker will review the application of CITES to plants, the role of science in decision making and look to CITES actions - past, present and future.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library prior to the event and a wine reception will follow.

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