CITES holds first workshop on the legal acquisition of wildlife in Brussels
Over 80 participants representing Parties, Intergovernmental Organisations and NGOs from around the world met in Brussels from 13 to 15 June to help design guidelines for the making of legal acquisition findings. The participants discussed guiding principles, methodologies, practical tools, required documentation, forensic expertise, and other resources needed by Management Authorities to verify the legal acquisition of specimens of CITES-listed species to be exported. The European Union provided financial, technical and logistic support for the workshop.
Representatives from various NGOs, including CIEL, Defenders of Wildlife, EAZA, EIA, NRDC, Pro Wildlife, WCS, and WWF attended the workshop. More information can be found here.
Left to right: Arnaud Goessens (WCS), Colman O Criodain (WWF), Sandra Altherr (Pro Wildlife), Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife), Melissa Blue Sky (CIEL), Allan Muir (EAZA), Vanessa Richardson (EIA), Sue Lieberman (WCS), Paul Todd (NRDC). Credit: Juan Carlos Vasquez/CITES
DG DEVCO launches the “Larger than Tigers” study in Brussels
On May 22nd 2018, DG DEVCO launched the 'Larger than Tigers: Asia strategic approach for biodiversity conservation' study. The report provides valuable information and analysis in support of a strategic approach to halt environmental degradation and biodiversity loss in Asia.
The launch event comprised a presentation by Pete Wood - lead author of the study, and a panel discussion with Stefano Manservisi, Director General of DG DEVCO, Joe Walston, WCS Vice President for Global Conservation, Sugoto Roy from the IUCN Tiger Programme, and Claire Doole as moderator. The event was well attended, with representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, and various environmental organisations.
Left to right: Stefano Manservisi (DG DEVCO), Joe Walston (WCS), Sugoto Roy (IUCN), Claire Doole. Credit: Bernal Revert/BR&U
Presenting WCS's work with local communities in Africa at the European Parliament
On March 6th 2018, MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz hosted an event at the European Parliament to discuss the important role that local communities play in wildlife conservation in Africa.
The event comprised a panel discussion with Ali Kaka - Vice-President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature - as moderator, H.E. Tadeous Chifamba - Ambassador of Zimbabwe, Joanna Drake - Deputy Director-General of DG Environment, Arnaud Goessens - EU Policy Manager at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Maxi Louis - Director of NACSO, H.E. Prof. Kaire Mbuende - Ambassador of Namibia, Wilfried Pabst - Zimbabwean landowner, and Joanna Yawitch - Chairperson of the South African National Parks.
Left to right: Wilfried Pabst, Joanna Drake, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Arnaud Goessens, Joanna Yawitch, H.E. Tadeous Chifamba, Maxi Louis, H.E. Prof. Kaire Mbuende. Credit: Alexander Louvet/FACE
Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, visits Brussels
On April 24th 2017, Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, visited Brussels for various meetings with EU Officials. During his visit, Dr. Samper met with Karmenu Vella (EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Stefano Manservisi (Director-General of DG DEVCO) to discuss WCS’ priorities, including the illegal wildlife trade, ivory, oceans, forest policy and development aid funding for biodiversity.Left to right: Karmenu Vella, EU ENV Commissioner, and Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO
DEVCO Environment Week
The DEVCO Environment Week 2017 took place from 6 - 10 February 2017 in Brussels. The week comprised two seminars on “Implementing the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and "Conservation, Development and Security: Implementing the external dimension of EU biodiversity policies". There was a strong participation by WCS staff members who gave several presentations, including on IWT in Latin America (by Adrian Reuter); SMART (by Emma Stokes); Conservation and security in the CAR/South-Sudan/DRC/Chad trans-border region (by Paul Elkan); Panel discussion on Conservation and Development (by David Wilkie); and ‘Larger than Tigers’ Strategic approach to protecting wildlife in Asia (by Tom Clements & Madhu Rao). More information here.
After the conference, WCS co-organised an evening reception for the participants together with WWF, IFAW, IUCN, African Parks, AWF and TRAFFIC.
Credit: Anouska Plasmeijer/IUCN
EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking event at the European Parliament
On March 2nd 2016, MEP Catherine Bearder hosted an event at the European Parliament for the launch of the EU’s Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.
The event comprised a panel discussion with MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy as Chair, Veronique Lorenzo from DG DEVCO, Mark Jones from Born Free, Janice Weatherley-Singh from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Dagmar Zíková from the Czech Republic Permanent Representation to the EU. More information here.
Left to right: Dagmar Zíková, Janice Weatherley-Singh, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Veronique Lorenzo, Mark Jones. Credit: MEPs4wildlife