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CITES CoP17: WCS Congratulates CITES Parties for Extending Protections to the African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot Is Placed on CITES Appendix I


“If this bird could talk – and it certainly can – the African grey parrot would say thank you..” Sue Lieberman, WCS VP of International Policy

 

VIDEO: WCS Susan Lieberman intervening on behalf of the African grey parrot at CITES CoP17 Oct. 2, 2016: https://vimeo.com/185196804/settings

 

CITES African Grey Parrot proposal

WCS position on African greys (pg. 14)

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CITES CoP17: WCS Congratulates CITES Parties for Extending Protections to the African Grey Parrot

Johannesburg, SA (Oct. 2, 2016) – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning the adoption of the proposal by countries gathered at CITES Cop17 to extend greater protection to the African grey parrot.

 

Said Susan Lieberman, WCS VP of International Policy and head of the WCS delegation at CITES:


“We congratulate the Parties to CITES for agreeing to transfer the African grey parrot from Appendix II to Appendix I, thereby prohibiting all international commercial trade. We applaud the range States of Angola, Chad, , Gabon, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo for sponsoring this proposal, along with the United States and the European Union and its Member States.


“Inclusion in Appendix I is in the best interests of the conservation of the species as it faces both habitat loss and rampant illegal and unsustainable trade for the international pet trade.


“If this bird could talk – and it certainly can – the African grey parrot would say thank you. Now with the protection of Appendix I, and the enhanced enforcement that is needed,   the voice of the African grey parrot will not be silenced across the great forests of Africa.


“The African grey parrot has experienced significant population declines throughout its range in West, Central and East Africa. It is extremely rare or locally extinct in Benin, Burundi, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo. This once very abundant species of the forests of West, Central, and East Africa is unfortunately now threatened by out of control international trade.

 

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CITES
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The  CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Center. South Africa offered to host CoP17 at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok, March 2013), which was accepted by acclamation. Following discussions with the South African authorities and the finalization of an open bid process, the host city was announced through a joint media release on 19 June, 2015.