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Conservation

CITES

 The protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity.

For the last two weeks, delegates from 178 countries have been discussing an agreement to protect different species at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in  Bangkok.

Although CITES is widely recognized as one of the most effective international conservation agreements,  government delegations are biased due to their political and economic interests.

There is good news for SHARKS and MANTA RAY, whose trade will be regulated. Around 100 million sharks are being killed each year, a too high rate of exploitation due to the demand for shark fins for soup in Chinese communities.

And there is bad news for ELEPHANTS and POLAR BEARS. A group of 10 conservation  organisations  showed their outrage claiming  “the failure of Cites to stop poaching”. Data indicates that 17,000 elephants were killed by poachers in 2011.

  • Why is conservation important?
  • Is enough attention given to conservation in your country’s schools and media?
  • Do you think conservationists are winning or losing their battles?
  • Which countries have the best and worst records on conservation?
  • Do you think your grandchildren will be happy with our attempts at conservation?
  • How can we reverse the effects of deforestation and desertification?
  • Is it our duty to keep the Earth as it was created?
  • What do you know about sustainable development and renewable resources?

Source: ESL Discussions

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This entry was posted on 15/03/2013 by in Animals, Speaking.
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