Today, NSC Alliance requested that the U.S. government pursue a discussion of how to improve the permit validation process for scientific specimens on the agenda for the sixteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  The comments were in response to a request for public input by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for the meeting, which will be held in March 2013 in Thailand.

The comments from NSC Alliance address the problems that some researchers have had in validating import/export permits for scientific specimens, which at times has resulted in the damage or loss of specimens.

Click here to read the comments from NSC Alliance.