New training tools for CITES-listed shark and manta rays available on CITES Sharks Portal

Updated on 12 January 2021

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New training tools for CITES-listed shark and manta rays
available on CITES Sharks Portal


20 October Geneva/Rome – With the finalization of two new presentations on the topics “legality” and “introduction from the sea” (IFS), CITES has now completed a set of standard presentations on topics pertaining to the CITES shark and manta ray listings. The presentations are designed  to meet the needs of a diverse audience and they can be further adapted and used by all Parties and stakeholders as training materials.

Part of the training materials were created in response to Decision 16.52, which states that “the Secretariat shall develop capacity-building tools and materials for use by Parties related to the implementation of the Convention for specimens taken from the marine environment not under the jurisdiction of any State”. The new training materials will also help the Parties to better understand issues concerning legality and IFS in implementing CITES-listed species.

The new training materials were produced within the framework of the EU-CITES Project “Strengthening capacity in developing countries for sustainable wildlife management and enhanced implementation of CITES wildlife trade regulations, with particular focus on commercially exploited aquatic species”, and in close collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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With 181 Parties, CITES remains one of the world's most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, housing, health care, ecotourism, cosmetics or fashion.

CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable.

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