A Peruvian delegation is attending a preparatory gathering where participants will discuss issues to be discussed at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) Standing Committee.
Peru will take part of this forum as a member of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) through the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor) of the Peru’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri).
The 65th session of CITES’ Standing Committee will take place in Switzerland, from July 7th through July 11th.
Serfor’s Executive Director, Fabiola Muñoz, pointed out it is important to visualize the value of our forests and rich biodiversity shared with neighboring countries in the region.
She also confirmed that trade should be seen as an opportunity as it can generate benefits for indigenous communities but that illegal trade of wildelife is a threat to the wildlife inhabiting the Peruvian rainforest.
"The Peruvian government has launched a campaign against illegal trade last year,” said Muñoz. “In addition, the state-run agency is undertaking new reforms to empower the wildlife preservation”.
Lilian Ballon de Amezaga, the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s representative, noted that Peru is particularly interested in fighting this threat, as well as ensuring compliance with CITES convention.
“Peru is among a mega-biodiverse country with an ample area of tropical forest and have four Amazonian borders which area vulnerable to illegal wildlife trafficking,” she told Andina news agency.