A week long online training workshop on CITES held

5-9 October, Thimphu: The Nature Conservation Division (NCD) of the Department of Forests & Park Services conducted a weeklong online training workshop on Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Bhutan as a party, collectively and individually, face a significant and diverse set of capacity-building needs that limit the robust implementation of the convention. Therefore, the training workshop covered legislation, science and enforcement aspects of the convention for further enhancement while implementing in the field.

More than 100 forestry staffs from Protected Areas and Territorial Forest Division registered in the inforMEA e-learning platform under the domain cites.org of CITES website and attended the online training.

The Conference of Parties (COP) meeting held every 3 years recommends the parties to report on illegal wildlife trade of the CITES listed species to the repository Government, Geneva, Switzerland on annual basis. The Royal Government of Bhutan joined the CITES on 15 August 2002 in accordance with the article XXI of the convention by designating Management Authority and Scientific Authority to the Department of Forests and Park Services. The accession of the Royal Government of Bhutan to CITES was signed by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jigmi Y. Thinley, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 2 August 2002 respectively.


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