CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

An international agreement concluded between States, the aim of which is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The text of the Convention was agreed at a meeting of representatives of 80 countries in Washington DC., United States of America, on 3 March 1973. CITES entered into force on 1 July 1975. It is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – but does not take the place of national laws. Rather it provides a framework to be respected by each Party, which has to adopt its own domestic legislation to ensure that CITES is implemented at the national level.

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French: CITES (Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d'extinction) / Spanish: CITES (Convención sobre el Comercio Internacional de Especies Amenazadas de Fauna y Flora Silvestres)