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Wildlife trade can bring significant benefits to communities and governments, but over-exploitation undermines its long-term viability and the livelihoods of people who depend on it. Countries work together through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as well as other regional and national initiatives to manage the international trade at sustainable levels.
However, to achieve this, national authorities need access to accurate and scientifically rigorous information on the conservation status, management and trade levels of wildlife species. They also need capacity to undertake their own analyses of trade data. This information can be difficult to access, and national capacity to carry out assessments is often insufficient.
We work closely with governments to provide them with assessments and analyses that support their management of species in trade. We aim to ensure that national authorities have access to the best available information and the capacity to access, interpret and use relevant data.
We provide this support in several ways:
Our team combines scientific and technical expertise in the diverse fields of international wildlife trade, taxonomy, wildlife management, international biodiversity conventions, data analysis and capacity building.
Project Leader Claire McLardy works with a team of experts within UNEP-WCMC that includes Liz Womack, Frances Davis, Becky Price, Aly Pavitt, Kelly Malsch, Ciara Stafford, Jennifer Mark, Oliver Tallowin, Jessica Vitale, Aude Caromel and Emma Vovk.
We work directly with agencies of national governments that are Parties to CITES. The European Union, the CITES Secretariat and the United States Department of the Interior support our work financially. We also receive valuable expert advice and information from partners worldwide.