Cites wraps up in Bangkok to mixed reviews
Delegates from 170 countries passed proposals upgrading protection for more than 50 species, but critics warn that loopholes allowing trade in some critically endangered species remain unclosed
The Cites conference wrapped up in Bangkok on Thursday with opinions sharply divided on what advances the meeting made to protect the planet's endangered species. What progress the host country has made in this regard was also a subject of intense debate.
John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), was effusive in his assessment in his closing statements.
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