The politics behind saving our species
Controlling the trade in wild animals and plants has never been more important.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says species are disappearing at a rate up to 10,000 times higher than normal.
For plants and animals already in danger, trade controls can often mean the difference between the survival of a species or its loss forever.
The United Nations administered Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) grants varying degrees of protection to around 34,000-traded animals and plants.
The week long committee meeting, starting August 15, deals with the nuts and bolts of the convention in between conferences.
Nicki Chadwick spoke to CITES Secretary General John Scanlon.