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Implementation Plan for National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Released

February 11, 2015:The U.S. Departments of the Interior, Justice, and State have released the implementation plan for the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Building upon the Strategy’s three objectives – strengthening enforcement, reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife, and expanding international cooperation – the plan lays out next steps, identifies lead and participating agencies for each objective, and defines how progress will be measured. Read the implementation plan and Director’s blog for more information.

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Report to President: Actions Taken in Response to Iceland's Trade in Whale Meat and Products

January 30, 2015:  The Secretaries of the Interior, State, and Commerce have submitted a report to the President outlining actions that have been taken by U.S. agencies and departments to encourage Iceland to halt commercial whaling and international trade in whale meat, and support international conservation efforts.  In April 2014, the President directed federal agencies to undertake and report on such actions in response to the Secretary of the Interior’s certification that Iceland’s international trade in whale meat and products diminishes the effectiveness of CITES.  Read the report.

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Guatemala lists its populations of four rosewood species in Appendix III of CITES

Effective February 5, 2015: Certain commodities of Guatemala's populations of four rosewood species (Dalbergia calycinaDalbergia cubilquitzensisDalbergia glomerata, and Dalbergia tucurensis) have been listed in CITES Appendix III and require CITES documentation for import and re-export from the United States.  For additional information on this listing, please read this announcement to U.S. timber importers and re-exporters.

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Are You Part of the Conversation?

January 6, 2015: Have you liked us on Facebook yet? Are you following us on Twitter? We're taking a look back at our top social media posts throughout 2014. With your help - your comments, shares, retweets - we've reached audiences around the globe with our message of conservation. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in 2015 and beyond!

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Crush the Demand: Help Raise Awareness about Poaching’s Devastating Effect on Elephants

December, 2014: UPDATE:  There’s still time! The submission deadline for the Crushed Ivory Design Challenge has been extended until 11:59 a.m. Mar. 31, 2014. The Service is extending the deadline in response to an overwhelming public request for more time to create thoughtful and informative designs. We urge you and your agency to be a part of this innovative public awareness effort to help save elephants and endangered wildlife. Click HERE to learn more.

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