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

November 17, 2014:  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.

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.

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!

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.

Celebrating a New Generation of Conservation Practitioners for the Western Hemisphere

December 12, 2014: Assistant Director for International Affairs, Bryan Arroyo, was in Costa Rica last week to celebrate the graduation of the first group of students with a Master’s in Conservation Practice from Costa Rica’s Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). Read more about the CATIE Program and the Service's involvement in this web story. Get inspired by these interviews with some of the Program's recent graduates, who are ready to implement their new knowledge and skills and become conservation leaders in their regions and around the world.

Teaching People To Live More Safely Among Big Cats

November 21, 2014: Thanks to conservation efforts supported by the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund, the 40+ tigers in India's Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve are doing well. Unfortunately, people living in the Reserve’s buffer zone are experiencing an increase in conflict with tigers and leopards. Tiger Research And Conservation Trust (TRACT), is working with the Forest Department and affected villagers to reduce human-big cat conflict. Read more about this project, the resilience of the affected villagers, and their determination to coexist with tigers in our latest blog.

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