Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Marcia Bernicat will travel to Geneva, Switzerland August 20-23 to participate in the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  She will join Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the Department of the Interior Robert Wallace, who will lead the U.S. delegation.

On August 21 and 22, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernicat will speak at the Third Global Meeting of the Wildlife Enforcement Networks.  Regional wildlife enforcement networks (WENs) are key mechanisms for cross-boundary cooperation to combat wildlife trafficking.  In addition,Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernicat will meet with representatives from other governments and international organizations.

There are 183 countries that are parties to CITES, an international agreement designed to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants is not detrimental to the survival of wild populations.  It also ensures legal and sustainable trade in wildlife, wildlife products, timber and fish for species listed in the CITES Appendices, and serves as one of multiple tools to help combat wildlife and timber trafficking.  It also provides another means to ensure the U.S. private sector, in particular the fishing and timber industries, has a level international playing field.

Follow the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on Twitter @SciDiplomacyUSA for updates on Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernicat’s trip.  For press inquiries, contact


U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future