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Wild and Precious: Conservation in the 21st Century?

03/03/2015 - 09:30 - 11:00
Roundtable Event

Symposium on the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, at Geneva Airport, under the theme: Wild and precious : conservation in the 21st century.

This is a highly topical issue. The illegal trade of endangered species (from rhino horns to precious wood) is worth over 20 billion dollars every year.

The venue – Geneva Airport – is also symbolic because customs, notably at airports, are those who enforce CITES on a daily basis. Symposium organizers wished to raise awareness about illegal trade of protected species in the audience with an exhibition of some items seized by Swiss customs.

Agenda

9:30
Welcoming remarks
H.E. Pamela HAMAMOTO, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States

9:45
Video Message
John SCANLON, CITES Secretary General

9:55
Geneva and the celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2015
Moderation: Simon PETITE, Le Temps

10:00
The role of science and museums in species conservation in the 21st century
Jacques AYER, Director , Geneva Natural History Museum

10:15
The role of Customs in combating illegal wildlife trade
Vanni SOLDATI, Inspector, Swiss Customs Administration

10:30
The wild side of luxury: Can nature continue to sustain the luxury industry?
Xenya CHERNY-SCANLON, Founder, Green Stilettos

10:45
Closing remarks
Bruno MAININI, Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office

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