National parks and wildlife authorities will step up their campaign against wildlife smuggling to boost the global community's confidence in Thailand as the country prepares to host the Cites conference next year.
Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, deputy chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk had made the matter a policy priority. Mr Theerapat said the minister suggested that the department intensify its efforts to suppress the wildlife trade, especially at international airports and border checkpoints.
Cites, or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international agreement between governments aimed at ensuring international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Thailand is one of 176 parties to the agreement.
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