Trade beats conservation at summit

26/3/10

Trade interests have trumped conservation at a UN wildlife conference at which proposals to step up protection for polar bears, bluefin tuna, coral and several kinds of shark all failed, delegates said. Economic concerns hampered efforts to restrict trade in several commercially lucrative marine species at the 175-nation Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (Cites), which wrapped up a two-week meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday. “As soon as big money gets involved, the ‘s’ of science is crossed out by two vertical stripes,” Willem Wijnstekers, the Cites secretary-general told reporters, meaning it becomes “$cience” spelt with a dollar sign.

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/03/2010325153026247632.html; Little celebration as Cites ends; Nick Clark; http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/wildlifesos/2010/03/2010325185143794333.html