“We must innovate and look for new sources of financing, including private sources,” Higuero said. According to Higuero, over-exploitation and illegal trade affect ecosystems and biodiversity. A lot is at stake at the conference – not just for posterity, but for the months and years to come. Issues such as the role of indigenous peoples and local communities and the risk of epidemics should also be addressed.
More than 2,500 delegates, experts and NGO representatives attended the meeting. CITES is an agreement that was first signed in 1973, regulating trade in endangered species. The goal is to protect wild animals and plants. Participants meet every three years. Trade in more than 38,000 species has already been banned or strictly regulated. At the conference in Panama City, conservation organizations are hoping for, among other things, better protection for sharks and rays. Other proposals concern species such as elephants and rhinos.
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