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Panama hosts world forum on trade in endangered species

Ivonne-Higuero

Panama hosts world forum on trade in endangered species

Panama City, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) From Monday, Panama will host the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), its organizers said today.

According to the report, more than 2,500 participants from 183 countries, representatives of the United Nations environment agency, international organizations and non-governmental organizations are expected to participate.

The debates will be focused on environmental issues, and proposals for inclusion and protection to endangered species around the world will be discussed.

According to Ivonne Higuero, secretary general of Cites, this is the most important global meeting on the protection of wild fauna and flora, and this edition will take place at a time of planetary crisis, pollution problems, climate change and loss of biodiversity.

Delegates to the forum will debate 52 proposals from States to amend Appendix I and II of the Convention on trade rules for sharks, reptiles, turtles and other wildlife species that are endangered or pose health risks.

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