Pangolins at CITES CoP17
The seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) met in Johannesburg, South Africa, where proposals for all pangolin species to be transferred from Appendix II to Appendix I were adopted with strong support from member countries. This uplisting will result in strengthened legal protection for pangolins and prohibit international trade in wild-caught pangolins for primarily commercial purposes.
IUCN quadrennium ends with a pangolin motion
At the IUCN World Conservation Congress which took place in Hawai’i, USA from 1-10 September 2016, IUCN’s membership adopted a motion calling for greater protection for all pangolin species. This motion calls on IUCN’s members to work to deliver multifaceted solutions to secure the conservation of pangolins. It also explicitly recognises the work of the PangolinSG in the last four years. Watch this video which highlights some of the work of our membership in the last four years.
Biggest ever Pangolin Conservation project funded
Swiss based foundation, Fondation Segré, launches The Fondation Segré Pangolin Conservation Initiative, the biggest ever pangolin conservation project funded to date. Implemented by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), with support from Save Our Species (SOS), the project is tackling direct threats to pangolins at priority sites in Cameroon and Thailand and initiating research into demand for pangolin products in China.
Pangolin Specialist Group plays key role in First Pangolin Range States Meeting
Nine members of the Pangolin Specialist Group attended this first of its kind meeting and delivered technical presentations on the global conservation status of pangolins, threats, conservation, and management and trade.
‘Scaling Up Pangolin Conservation’ action plan launched
The first ever global conservation action plan for pangolins synthesises recommendations from the first Pangolin Specialist Group Conservation Conference and sets out the critical actions that urgently need implementing to conserve pangolins.
IUCN Red List Assessments show all eight pangolin species threatened
IUCN publishes Red List assessments drafted by the Pangolin Specialist Group at the first Conservation Conference in Singapore. Alarmingly, all eight species are now listed as threatened with extinction.
First Pangolin Specialist Group Conservation Conference
The Pangolin Specialist Group holds its first international conservation conference in Singapore. Over 45 experts from 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the US worked together to set the global conservation agenda for pangolins.
Formation of new IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group
The Pangolin Specialist Group is re-established in recognition of the widespread threats to pangolins globally and the need to catalyse conservation action.