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International Affairs Program Announces Key Leadership Positions

August 20, 2014: Gloria Bell has been selected as the Deputy Assistant Director for the International Affairs Program,providing critical support and guidance to further the Program's mission and effectiveness of its conservation work. Dr. Richard Ruggiero will serve as the Chief of the Division of International Conservation, overseeing the Wildlife Without Borders Regional, Species, and Global Programs. Click here  for more information.

Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico, WWF TRAFFIC, and PROFEPA Join Forces for the "Train the Trainer" Workshop

August 19, 2014: Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico in partnership with WWF-TRAFFIC and the Attorney General for the Protection of the Environment of Mexico (PROFEPA) implemented a national capacity building "Train the Trainer" workshop for 37 government officials from the most relevant regions in Mexico linked to the regulation, monitoring, control and conservation of natural resources in the country. The ​workshop ​agenda covered a wide spectrum of relevant topics, from recent analyses on the status of wildlife management and trade trends in Mexico, to hands-on specimen identification techniques on ​CITES ​species​.  As a result, an additional 132 officers have received instruction from 18 trainees in 10 different states, with 6 more local workshops planned for the near future. Click here for more information about Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico.

New International Trade Requirements for Several Species of Sharks and Rays

Effective September 14, 2014: If you plan to engage in international trade (e.g., fishing on the high seas and landing in the United States or in a foreign country, importing, exporting, or re-exporting) of scalloped, great, or smooth hammerhead sharks; oceanic whitetip sharks; porbeagle sharks; or manta rays; you need to apply for and obtain appropriate CITES documents. These commercially harvested shark and ray species were listed in Appendix II of CITES in March 2013 to protect them from over-exploitation for international trade. Click here for  more information on how to comply with these new requirements.

Conservation Implications of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

August 12, 2014 -   The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa is of grave concern to our partners in the field in affected areas, including staff, volunteers, volunteers' families and funders. Read more about some of the conservation implications of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Find out how the current Ebola outbreak is affecting conservation work on the ground in a guest blog by the Service's Great Ape Conservation Fund grantee Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC), which has been working in Guinea, West Africa, since 1997.

CITES CoP17 Preparations are Underway

June 26, 2014 - The Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations for animal and plant species that may warrant a change in protection or need protection under CITES.  The Service will consider these recommendations and determine whether to put forward a proposal for consideration at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES to be held in South Africa in 2016. Public comments will be accepted until August 26, 2014. Click here to read the Federal Register notice and learn how to submit comments.

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