Attending the CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Flora and Fauna) CoP18 in Geneva in August, along with Nature Needs More we were excited to see the progress with eCITES BaseSolution electronic permitting and that Sri Lanka were going to be the first country to implement and trial.
Honoured to be invited to attend the launch of the eCITES Base Solution electronic permitting system in Sri Lanka in October by Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon John Amaratunga. Also attending the launch was the Australian High Commissioner Victoria Coakley who was incredibly impressed with the presentation. The permit system has been created by UNCTAD working with CITES and the Swiss and Sri Lankan Governments.
Now that the system has been implemented, we’re focused on a global roll out before the next CoP which is scheduled to be held in Costa Rica in 2022. We’ve been assured that given training and implementation can take between 6-12 weeks, this is absolutely doable. The cost is US$150,000 per country – US$30 million for all 183 signatory countries.