African States, CITES, CMS Establish Initiative to Protect Carnivores | News | SDG Knowledge Hub

14 November 2018: More than 30 countries have established the African Carnivore Initiative, which represents the first Africa-wide commitment to save African wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and lions. The Initiative is a collaboration between the two global treaties with a mandate to conserve endangered species: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

According to CMS, the range States identify habitat loss, fragmentation and conversion, increasing trade in lion specimens and live cheetah, prey depletion and retaliatory killing of carnivores by livestock owners as contributing to the “rapid decline” of African wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and lions…

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