National laws for implementing the Convention
Reports and Notifications by the CITES Secretariat
- Notification 2016/066
- CITES Secretariat Report to CoP17
- Legislative status table (CoPDoc.22, Annex 3, (Rev.1)
- CITES Secretariat report to the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee
National Legislation Project
The National Legislation Project is the Convention’s primary mechanism for encouraging and assisting Parties’ legislative efforts.
Resolution Conf. 8.4 (Rev. CoP15) on National laws for implementation of the Convention directs the Secretariat, within available resources, to identify those Parties whose domestic measures do not provide
Legislative guidance materials
It is the prerogative of each Party to decide how it incorporates CITES obligations into national legislation, taking into account its needs and legal practice. The provisions of the Convention and Resolution Conf. 8.4 (Rev. CoP15) only provide a broad framework,
Targeted support to Parties
Pursuant to CITES resolutions and decisions and following the call from the UN Secretary General to strengthen the UN System response to tackling illegal trade in wild fauna and flora, UNEP and the CITES Secretariat have developed a collaborative initiative to provide assistance to priority countries and territories, upon their request, to enhance their legislation.
This includes the provision of targeted legal advice on the basic legislative requirements, compilation of examples of best legislation, drafting support and organization of training workshops. In the context of this project, CITES and UNEP organized a joint legislative workshop in Nairobi in April 2016. The joint workshop report is available here. A second joint workshop was held in Abidjan on 13-14 February 2017 with the support of the UNEP Sub-regional Office for West Africa.
In addition, the CITES Secretariat and UNEP are providing individualized technical assistance to a number of Parties. The CITES Secretariat is currently providing assistance to Comoros, Mauritania, Niger and Saint Lucia, while UNEP is supporting Angola. In the past, a number of other Parties have received assistance from the Secretariat.
Detailed requests for assistance from Parties with legislation in Category 2 or 3 can be addressed to the CITES Secretariat.
Examples of CITES national legislation
The following CITES laws and regulations are provided as examples and inspiration to Parties that are preparing or amending their CITES legislation. They have been placed in Category 1 under the National Legislation Project. More examples are being added to this list.
Malaysia International Trade in Endangered Species Act, 2008
International Trade in Endangered Species (Permit, Certificate, Registration and Fees) Regulations 2009
International Trade in Endangered Species (Rescue Centre) Regulations 2009
International Trade in Endangered Species (Compounding of Offenses) Regulations 2010