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    China, Wildlife Trade and CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species

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    Date(s) - 15/10/2004
    11:00 am - 11:30 am


    Italian Embassy Cultural Office


    2, San Li Tun Dong Er Jie, Beijing, China


    +86 10 8532 7600



    Entrance Fee

    WHEN: Friday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
    WHERE: Italian Cultural Center. Sanlitun Dongsanjie, off East Third Ring Road,
    three blocks south of Dongzhimenwai Dajie
    (Please bring along personal ID for verification by security at the entrance)

    Craig Kirkpatrick’s talk will cover the international wildlife trade, China’s ecological footprint and results of the CITES meeting in Bangkok, which will have just concluded. CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. From October 1st to 14th, CITES will hold its 13th Conference of the Parties to CITES, talking about international regulations for wildlife trade.
    Illegal wildlife trade is the third largest illegal trade in the world, after drugs and arms. Demand from China for exotic wildlife has been soaring. Kirkpatrick will discuss China’s growing role in consuming the wildlife of neighboring countries.

    TRAFFIC is the joint wildlife trade monitoring program of WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. More information can be found at traffic.org.

    Craig Kirkpatrick is currently Regional Director for TRAFFIC East Asia, the WWF/IUCN wildlife trade monitoring network. He graduated from Pomona College in 1981, with a degree in Biology. He subsequently worked with the California Legislature, advising on conservation policy. In 1988, he entered the University of California, Davis, to pursue a Ph.D. in Ecology, granted in 1996. Dissertation research was on the ecology of Yunnan golden monkeys, an endangered species endemic to China. From 1996 to 1998, he followed with post-graduate research on the Sichuan golden monkey, sponsored by the US National Science Foundation and the San Diego Zoo. Before his current post, Dr Kirkpatrick worked with The Nature Conservancy in northwest Yunnan for biodiversity conservation over a 66000 km2 area. He has published a range of articles, notably on conservation in China, and is represented in leading journals such as Biological Conservation, Current Anthropology, and BioScience. He remains active in the scientific community, serving on the editorial board of the International Journal of Primatology, and on the science advisory committee for the Yunnan Golden Monkey Global Conservation Strategy.