The illegal trade in marine species is one of the major issues that needs to be under the spotlight at the UN Ocean Conference this week. That’s according to John Scanlon, head of the UN body that monitors implementation of an international agreement that helps ensure the survival of nearly 40,000 animal and plant species in the wild. Corals, sharks, dolphins and whales are among the marine species covered by the agreement, known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.
Julia Dean spoke to Secretary-General Scanlon, who is in Australia, and asked him about his hopes for the conference.
What can we do as individuals to stop illegal trade in wildlife? Why is the UN Oceans Conference next week important in order to stop illegal trading in marine species. What convention protects sharks, corals, mantra rays, elephants and many more.
What organisation monitors and stops the illegal trade of wildlife and flora? And how can it help alleviate poverty?
What about wildlife and sustainable tourism how do they work together for the benefit of local communities? What is a good example?
Listen to this interview we did with the Secretary-General of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora)Mr John.E.Scanlon and find out!