Conservation talks launched to save endangered wildlife

CITES meeting in Geneva

Saving elephant ivory, rhino horns from poachers and illegal traders are some of the topics being discussed at a UN convention on the protection of wildlife from extinction or CITES.

175 countries are signatories to the convention.

CITES meets every three years to debate trade proposals by the member states.

John Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES, says controlling the trade can help save endangered species.

"And they will be dealing at this meeting with issues to do with illegal trade including major concerns about elephant ivory and rhino horn and the spike in illegal trade that we have picked up. They will also be dealing with how we can further develop and sustain legal trade in particular with relation to snakes, and other species and looking at how we can implement electronic permitting systems which will make it easy for parties to report trade to us and to others and also to effectively regulate their trade and stamp out illegal practices."

The meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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