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Groves, Madeleine C.

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Job title: 

CITES Implementation Officer

Conventions and Policy
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (basic), Spanish (basic).

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Kew Diploma (Honours), 1991
  • Member, UK Wildlife Law Enforcement Working Group (WLEWG)
  • Member, Tasking and Coordination Group (TCG – UK umbrella wildlife enforcement group headed by Chief Constable Richard Crompton)
  • Member, Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and PAW Working Groups (Forensic Working Group, Training and Conference Working Group, Steering Group)
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Carnivorous Plant Specialist Group (CPSG)
  • Co-Chair - CITES Plants Committee Intersessional Group on Capacity-building programme for science-based establishment and implementation of voluntary national export quotas for Appendix-II species (Decision 12.91)
  • UK Government delegate: CITES Meetings of the Conference of the Parties, CITES Technical Committees, European Union Meetings and negotiations.

Support Kew’s role as the UK CITES Scientific Authority for plants, provision of scientific advice, develop and disseminate CITES capacity building tools and training, and lead on CITES timber and enforcement issues.

Work with Kew staff, partners, UK, EU and overseas policymakers, botanical institutions and enforcement officers and agencies worldwide to implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Implement RBG Kew’s role as the UK CITES Scientific Authority for plants, in particular the provision of scientific advice to the UK Government on CITES licenses and policy issues.

Represent the UK at CITES regional and international fora, including the CITES Plants Committee and Conference of the Parties (CoP).

Develop capacity building tools for licensing, policy and enforcement officers focusing on the identification of plant products in trade and plant trade issues with an emphasis on CITES listed timbers.

Lead on the provision of CITES scientific advice on plants to UK, EU and international enforcement agencies (e.g. UK Border Agency, UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, UK Police, Animal Health Wildlife Inspectors) and officers and develop training programmes and tools to assist their implementation of CITES and the enforcement of UK wildlife crime priorities.

Selected publications: 

Garrett, L., McGough, N., Groves, M., and Clarke, G. (2010). CITES and Timber. Ramin. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK Available online

McGough, H.N., Groves, M., Mustard, M. & Brodie, C. (2004). CITES and Plants - a User’s Guide, Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 254 + CD-ROM pp. Available online

McGough, H.N., Groves, M., Mustard, M, Sajeva, M. & Brodie, C. (2004). CITES and Succulents - a User’s Guide, Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 188 + CD-ROM pp. Available online

Maunder, M., Clubbe, C., Hankamer, C., and Groves, M. eds. (2002). Plant conservation techniques for the tropics: perspectives and practice. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Arx, B., von, Schlauer, J., Groves, M. (2001). CITES carnivorous plant checklist: for the genera Dionaea, Nepenthes and Sarracenia. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available online