Princess Alia opens Arab CITES stakeholder meeting

HRH Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein on Tuesday opened a meeting of stakeholders from several Arab countries in advance of their participation in the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), scheduled to be held in Panama November 14-25.

In a welcoming address, the Princess urged participants to “unify the goal and discourse” to agree on measures to prevent the illegal trade in animals and safeguard global biodiversity.

The meeting is organized by the Princess Alia Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).

Jordan, according to RSCN Director-General Fadi Nasser, was an early signatory to the CITES, thereby helping to save numerous species from extinction.

In addition, he said, Jordan has conducted numerous studies with the goals of revising certain articles of CITES, activating the control and inspection functions to protect native and migratory species, and halting the illegal trade in animals.

Source: Jordan News Agency