A milestone for the CITES
Wednesday 2 December 2009 saw the passing of a symbolic
milestone – the entry of the 10 millionth record into the
Trade Database. The database has been maintained by
the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
since 1982, under a contract with the CITES Secretariat.
It holds data from the annual reports of the Parties to CITES
and records nowadays an average of 850,000 permits issued
annually. Most of the entries represent individual shipments
of live or dead animals and plants and their parts and derivatives
of species that are included in the CITES Appendices. These
primary data are available to anyone via the Internet from
both the CITES and UNEP-WCMC websites and are an essential
tool for understanding the international wildlife trade flows.
Based on these data, CITES authorities can monitor the levels
of trade and adopt policy decisions to ensure the survival
of our irreplaceable fauna and flora.