CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES works by subjecting international trade in specimens of selected species to certain controls. All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system. Each Party to the Convention must designate one or more Management Authorities in charge of administering that licensing system and one or more Scientific Authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the status of the species. The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP and is located at Geneva, Switzerland.

Topics: 
agrobiodiversity, conservation, endangered species, species, sustainable use, illegal trade
Entry into force: 
1 Jul 1975
Region: 
Global
Source of information: CITES website .
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