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Colombia’s work against wildlife trafficking praised

Bogota, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombia stands out today due to its efforts and legislation on the fight against wildlife trafficking, according to an assessment by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

According to the head of the legal service of that institution, Juan Carlos Vásquez, Colombia is in the first of the existing categories regarding the States that work hard to combat the criminal organizations that profit from wild animals.

The official made such statements at the workshop on ‘Context and measures for the management and control of sharks, rays and chimaeras in the Cites framework,” held in this capital, where the top authorities that watch over the care and protection of the nation’s coastal marine resources met.

A press release from the Ministry of Environment said that Candice Welsch, regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the Andean Region and the Southern Cone (UNDOC), emphasized the need to prevent and fight environmental crimes during the event.