EU Joins CITES; Funds National Park Management in Gabon
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The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as the 181st Party.

The EU is the first regional economic integration organization (REIO) to accede to the Convention since the Gaborone amendment, which permitted REIO accession, came into effect on 29 November 2013.

eu_citesApril 2015: The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the 181st Party. The EU is the first regional economic integration organization (REIO) to accede to the Convention since the Gaborone amendment, which permitted REIO accession, came into effect on 29 November 2013.

The Convention will enter into force on 8 July 2015 for the EU.

In related news, the EU has granted Gabon CFAF 10 billion (approximately US$16.5 million) in funding to improve the management of its 13 national parks, which cover 11% of the country’s territory, and to combat poaching. [CITES Press Release] [Congo Basin Forest Partnership News]

 

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