Technical Report Illegal Wildlife Trade of Five Prioritized Species of Appendix I of CITES Emblematic for the Amazon Region

Oct 27, 2022 | ACTO | ARO | Bioamazon Project | Technical Report CITES I

The illegal traffcking of species generates a billionaire market worldwide and unfortunately, these types of activities are carried out in the Amazon, reflecting the
importance to strengthen the investigation and generate up-to-date and accurate information, in order to implement more effective measures to combat this transnational illicit activity.

The eight countries that are part of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) work jointly under the mandates of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (ACT, 1978) for a better sustainable management of their natural resources in its Amazonian territories.

Accordingly, ACTO, through the “Regional Project for the Management, Monitoring and Control of Wild Fauna and Flora Species Threatened by Trade (Bioamazon Project)”, is strengthening the institutional and technical capacity of the Amazonian countries in the management, monitoring and control of wild fauna and flora species threatened by illegal trade, particularly, species listed in the different Appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

This report is a compilation of systematized and analyzed information on the illegal traffcking of CITES Appendix I species, the scarlet macaw (Ara macao), the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the jaguar (Panthera onca), the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) and the margay cat (Leopardus wiedii), which were prioritized and selected using a methodology combining three variables: (i) the geographical distribution; (ii) the total number of illegally traded specimens in confications; and (iii) the population status.

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