Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Rhino horn trade continues to be a highly lucrative business across the world.
Keeping non-native reptiles as pets is against the law – with good reason. Alien species traded on the black market can potentially establish themselves in the wild if they are released or escape.
The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
Many scientific names have changed since China's 'protected species list' was last updated in 1989.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
The amount of ivory on sale in Vietnam has increased by more than 600% in the past eight years. As China has taken a tougher stance on the ivory trade, sales in Vietnam have increased.
A police raid on the popular tourist attraction has found 40 frozen tiger carcasses.