03 Mar 2015
09:30–11:00

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

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

More information and documents

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Pictures 

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https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/invitation_3_march_2015_english_n.pdf

https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/plan_salle_de_presse_aeroport.pdf

https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/wwd-museum-ayer_0.pdf

https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/customs-_journee_mondiale_de_la_vie_sauvage_3-3-2015_0.pdf