Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru Hosts Historic Ministerial Meetings Prior To Cop17 Global Summit on Sharks and Rays
The government of the Maldives is hosting a historic meeting of senior international officials at Four SeasonsResort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru on August 23, 2016 – 30 days before the world gathers in Johannesburg, South Africa, to vote on proposals to list silky sharks, thresher sharks and mobula rays at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Ministers and senior officials from the Maldives will welcome their counterparts from Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Fiji, India, Mauritania, Senegal and Sri Lanka to the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve to discuss the crisis facing these species. Some of the attendees hail from nations with large fisheries while others with ecotourism contributing a large part to their GDP; yet no matter their background, they are gathering to reiterate that shark conservation is a priority issue worldwide.
Media are invited to join a tele-conference call from 11.30am – 12:30pm MVT (Malé time) on August 23, 2016.
20111124 AT SEA (INTERNATIONAL WATERS, HIGH SEAS POCKET #2) : A silky shark swims near a fish aggregating device, or FAD, in the international waters of the Pacific ocean, 22 November 2011. The Greenpeace ship ‘MY Esperanza’ is on a three month expedition to expose and stop destructive fishing practices, and to protect dwindling fish stocks in the Pacific. GREENPEACE / ALEX HOFFORD
Available for tele-conference interviews are:
- Honourable Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives
- Chandrasiri Bandara, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Wildlife and Sustainable Development, Sri Lanka
- Honourable Associate Minister Lorna Eden, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment, Fiji
- Luke Warwick, Director of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Global Shark Conservation Campaign, USA
Achmat Hassiem, a South African Paralympic medalist who lost his leg to a great white shark, and Virgin Founder Richard Branson are also slated to open the meeting via video messages. Over the past year, both have been outspoken about the need for further CITES protection for vulnerable shark species, and continue to voice their support. These video messages will be available for viewing by media.