SCI Foundation sent a delegation to Bangkok, Thailand, for the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). For more information about CITES, SCI Foundation's involvement with CITES, and for a downloadable Sustainable Use Guide, click here.
Practicing principles of the sustainable use of wildlife is one of best ways to ensure the continual conservation of biological diversity at a global scale. Several international treaties and organizations have been formed to ensure wildlife populations and diversity are conserved, many of them supporting sustainable use of biological resources. For example, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are prominent organizations that support sustainable use. SCI Foundation has actively participated in the forums created by these organizations to ensure that harvest of wildlife is not detrimental to the survival of that wildlife, to defend against unwarranted attacks on the sustainable use of wildlife, to present the perspective and various values that hunting brings to people and wildlife, and to identify areas where support is needed in the world of conservation.
More generally, SCI Foundation participates in several professional conferences on game management around the world. New information on wildlife conservation, policy and management is shared at these conferences. SCI Foundation and our partners present cutting-edge research findings in such settings, bringing current science-based information to the decision makers on game management.
Policy Partners and Participation
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
From http://www.cites.org: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future. Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats, or dried herbs.
International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF)
ICCF is considered the strongest association of U.S. public and private sector representatives dedicated to international conservation. Its mission, according to the ICCF website http://iccfoundation.us/: Inspired by the belief that conservation is a fundamental component to sustainable development, poverty alleviation, conflict avoidance, good governance, and regional security, ICCF encourages American policymakers, businesses, NGOs, and foreign governments to expand their leadership in the world to promote sound, long-term policies of sustainable land, water, and biodiversity management.
SCI Foundation is one of those leaders, and joined in 2011 the ICCF Conservation Council. Less than a year later, SCI Foundation was added to ICCF's Partners In Conservation booklet, a spiral-bound guide to international conservation organizations and natural resources managers and other industry leaders. One of their first successes happened in early 2012, when the African country of Namibia made a constitutional committment to natural resource management. The program was established with assistance from SCI Foundation, the Namibian Tourism Board, and the WWF. Read the full article on the ICC Foundation website.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
The mission of the Convention on Biological Diversity, according to www.biologicaldiversity.org: At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The mission and vision of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, according to www.iucn.org: Our vision is a just world that values and conserves nature. Our mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.