International Wildlife Law: Understanding and Enhancing Its Role in Conservation

Arie Trouwborst*, Andrew Blackmore, Luigi Boitani, Michael Bowman, Richard Caddell, Guillaume Chapron, An Cliquet, Ed Couzens, Yaffa Epstein, Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, Floor M. Fleurke, Royal Gardner, Luke Hunter, Kim Jacobsen, Miha Krofel, Melissa Lewis, Jose Vicente Lopez-Bao, David MacDonald, Stephen Redpath, Geoffrey Wandesforde-SmithJohn D. C. Linnell

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Many conservation professionals are familiar with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ramsar Convention, and the World Heritage Convention. Regional instruments, such as those focusing on Africa, Antarctica, or Europe, are also conspicuous features of the conservation arena. Other international wildlife agreements focus on particular species, such as polar bears or albatrosses, or particular transboundary protected areas, such as the huge Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (see table 1). These agreements are collectively known as international wildlife law (Bowman et al. 2010). The binding agreements themselves are typically accompanied and informed by an evolving set of nonbinding instruments, such as Conference of the Parties (COP) decisions and action plans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-790
Number of pages7
Issue number9
Early online date8 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017

Bibliographical note

We gratefully acknowledge valuable input by Kees Bastmeijer, Sanja Bogojevic, Jennifer Dubrulle, and Han Somsen.




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