“Science and wildlife conservation prevailed at CITES CoP17.” - Susan Lieberman, WCS VP of International Policy
Said Wildlife Conservation Society VP of International Policy Susan Lieberman:
“Science and wildlife conservation prevailed at CITES CoP17. The decisions made by the gathering countries were based on the best available scientific information. Further, we were encouraged that governments fully embraced the precautionary principle by making decisions in the best interest of the species in the wild. After attending 11 CoPs, I strongly believe this was among the most successful CoP ever for wildlife.
“We particularly want to highlight and appreciate the science-based decisions on the following:
“The WCS recommendations throughout the CoP were all based on science.
“WCS looks forward to continuing to work closely with Party governments, the Secretariat, and our IGO and NGO partners, to help ensure that the decisions governments made at this CoP are implemented effectively.
“WCS commits to continuing to scale up our efforts to combat the scourge of wildlife trafficking across the globe—from our on-the-ground work in the field in more than 60 countries; to working to assist governments in anti-trafficking, intelligence gathering and analysis, and enhancing enforcement; to working to reduce demand, based on sound scientific approaches; to working at the global policy level.
For WCS positions at CITES, go to wcs.org/cites