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WWF-Canada

March 04, 2010 06:00 ET

WWF, TRAFFIC to Discuss Species Trade Ahead of CITES

GLAND, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - WWF and TRAFFIC International will hold a joint media briefing by teleconference on March 8 to discuss pressing species trade issues coming up at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting in Doha, Qatar, which begins March 13.

In particular this year, WWF and TRAFFIC will encourage CITES Parties to list the Atlantic bluefin tuna on CITES Appendix I, as well as asking for commitments to end all tiger trade during this Year of the Tiger and beyond.

There are a record number of Canadian species listings proposed this year including: polar bear, dogfish and porbeagle shark, bobcat, and Atlantic bluefin tuna.

This Conference of the Parties will consider an unprecedented six proposals for commercially exploited marine species. This is unusual because in the past CITES has focused mainly on terrestrial species.

A summary of WWF positions and other media resources can be found at www.panda.org/cites/media.

WHO:

The briefing, via teleconference/WebEx will feature:

  • Dr. Colman O'Criodain Wildlife Trade Analyst, WWF International
  • Dr. Sergi Tudela, WWF's tuna expert
  • Steve Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC
  • Amanda Nickson, Species Programme, WWF International

WHEN:

09:00 CET and again at 17:00 CET on Monday, March 8

For time conversion in your time zone, go to: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_BS.aspx

HOW:

09:00 CET/04:00 EST meeting (meeting number 709 153 170, password: cites)
To join the online meeting go to:
https://wwf.webex.com/wwf/j.php?ED=139816102&UID=0&PW=NMWNhMWY2M2Yw&RT=MTYjMjU%3D
Enter your name and email address.
Enter the meeting password: cites.
Click "Join Now".

17:00 CET/12:00 EST meeting (meeting number 701 676 035, password: cites)
To join the online meeting go to:
https://wwf.webex.com/wwf/j.php?ED=139817907&UID=0&PW=NODcwOTM0NTNl&RT=MTYjMjU%3D
Enter your name and email address.
Enter the meeting password: cites.
Click "Join Now".

Call in details to join the audio conference are following:
Calling from Canada: 1-866-794-4033
Int'l Access Number: +41 22 580 59 81
Participant PIN: 963375#

About WWF

WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada) is a member of WWF, one of the world's largest independent conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. In Canada, we create solutions to conservation issues important to Canadians and the world. WWF-Canada works collaboratively with governments, businesses and the public to help fight climate change, the single biggest environmental threat to our planet; conserve our oceans and freshwater resources; and educate and mobilize people to build a conservation culture. WWF-Canada's main office is in Toronto, with regional offices located in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, St. Albert, Ottawa, Halifax and St. John's. For more information, visit wwf.ca.

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