SSN Press Officer

First name Last Name Adam M. Roberts

For Immediate Release:

15 Mar 2010

CITES Secretary-General To Present 2010 Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards In DOHA

Species Survival Network Congratulates Dedicated Conservation Advocates

DOHA— (Doha, Qatar)—The Species Survival Network (SSN), a global coalition of 82 organizations from more than 30 countries, today congratulated the recipients of the prestigious 2010 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards.

Tonight at 18.30 in the Al Dafna Foyer of the Sheraton Doha Convention Hotel, hundreds of delegates attending the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES gather to honor the heroic efforts of wildlife law enforcement officers who often put their lives in jeopardy to protect wildlife and uphold the rule of law.

Will Travers, President of the Species Survival Network said, “Wildlife law enforcement is the front-line. It’s a dangerous, sometimes deadly place. Sadly all too often the sacrifice made by law enforcement officers goes unrecognized—not tonight.”

Honorees include representatives from Israel, India, the United States, Kenya, China, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Philippines. The Awards are named in memory of the pioneering former head of law enforcement for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

DJ Schubert, wildlife biologist with the US-based Animal Welfare Institute, sponsor of the Bavin Awards, added, “It is a privilege to work in wildlife conservation and be an advocate for wild animals in desperate need across the globe – and it is an honor to share this evening with the dedicated wildlife protectors who turn words into deeds and stop at nothing to end wildlife crime.”

Members of the Press and Media are encouraged to attend the event. One on one interview opportunities can be arranged. Please contact Adam Roberts (974-530-8006 in Doha, 1-202-445-3572 global mobile,