A training workshop on CITES implementation covering legislation, enforcement, as well as inclusion of species in the Convention has been held in the Maldives.
The workshop held on Sunday is an event for countries in Asia, ahead of CITES’ conference of the parties, COP18.
At the workshop, experts have proposed inclusion of various species of sharks and rays in the CITES checklist of species.
Local environmentalist Ahmed Shan proposes inclusion of Mako sharks, while Daniel Fernando, an expert with the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation proposed inclusion of wedgefish.
CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and its checklists — or appendices — aim to ensure that trade in these species do not threaten their survival.