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Alejandra Goyenechea

Senior International Counsel
Alejandra's primary focus is CITES and other international trade law issues, with an emphasis on Latin America. She has worked at several international institutions and organizations and has experience in wildlife policy and broader experience in other environmental areas.

Posts By: Alejandra Goyenechea

Abronia graminea, © Adam G Clause

A Successful Year at CITES! »

A big part of our work year-round is helping countries create proposals to present at the next CITES meeting, and gather support for them. Months, even years of work go into these proposals to better protect species native to the Americas from the often devastating demands of wildlife trade — but it’s not until the COP that we get to see if they are accepted.

Madagascar tomato frog, © Brian Gratwicke

Save Amphibians! (From Us) »

Nearly one-third of all 6,400 known amphibian species are threatened with extinction, making them the most endangered group of animals in the world. And although the threats to amphibians are as varied as the species themselves, one common driving factor impacting species around the globe is the extreme exploitation for international trade.

Hammerhead shark, © Barry Peters

A Shark Workshop »

As part of an international effort to cut down on the devastating impact of the fin trade on shark species, Defenders helped organize a shark identification workshop in Brazil,attended by officials from countries all over the continent.