Reacting to an announcement by the German carrier Lufthansa that it will no longer transport animals captured in the wild for commercial purposes, Willem Wijnestekers, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), noted that the economies and rural communities of many developing countries were highly dependent on natural resources, including wildlife, UNEP said in a statement issued today. Mr. Wijnestekers said the signatories of CITES had agreed to a strict set of rules to ensure that the trade was conducted in a way that did not endanger the species involved and gave poor communities an economic stake in protecting the wildlife that they “live with on a daily basis.” He added that a trend towards bans would undermine both animal welfare and conservation efforts by pushing shipments onto second-tier airlines and charters, where conditions for animals might be worse and flight times longer. CITES was adopted in 1973 in response to concerns about the overexploitation of many vulnerable species as a result of unregulated international trade. The Convention, administered by UNEP, attributes producer and consumer countries joint responsibility for managing wildlife sustainably and preventing illegal trade.
The Faculty of Math and Science announces Keivan Noroozi’s (Computer Science) Master of Science thesis defence. His thesis defence is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in PLZ600F. His thesis is titled, Properties and Algorithms of the KCube Interconnection Networks. His examination committee members are: Dr. Alan Castle, Chair; Dr. Babak Farzad (Brock University), External Examiner; Dr. Ke Qiu, Supervisor; and Dr. Sheridan Houghten and Dr. Michael Winter.