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Working Group to look at conservation
29th March 2018

By Sandra Pearce
CITES has set up a Rural Communities Working Group to look at how communities can have a voice in its decisions, which can have such an effect on their livelihoods.
 
Addressing the the Group’s meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon said: “Where rural communities gain benefits from wildlife, it can offer a long-term self-supporting solution for improving livelihoods, lifting people out of poverty, and achieving conservation benefits, including through reducing illegal wildlife trade.
 
“CITES is a wonderful and unique global tool to enhance how we engage with, and empower, rural communities in wildlife conservation and sustainable use.”
 
The Working Group is tasked with looking at how to effectively engage rural communities in CITES processes.