National Legislation Project

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 them with the authority to:

  1. designate at least one Management Authority and one Scientific Authority;
  2. prohibit trade in specimens in violation of the Convention;
  3. penalize such trade; or
  4. confiscate specimens illegally traded or possessed;

All four minimum requirements need to be met by the national laws. Under the NLP, and in consultation with the concerned Party, national legislation is analysed by the Secretariat in relation to these four minimum requirements and placed in one of three categories, as follows: 

Category 1: legislation that is believed generally to meet the requirements for implementation of CITES

Category 2: legislation that is believed generally not to meet all of the requirements for the implementation of CITES

Category 3: legislation that is believed generally not to meet the requirements for the implementation of CITES.

A legislative status table, prepared and periodically revised by the Secretariat, provides a summary of Parties’ legislative progress including the category in which their legislation has been placed and whether they have been identified by the Standing Committee as requiring attention as a priority.

Legislative status table (November 2019)

Parties requiring the attention of the Standing Committee as a priority

The Standing Committee has identified the following Parties as requiring its attention as a priority (October 2018):

Algeria, Belize, Botswana, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Guinea, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan

National Legislative timetables agreed by individual Parties and the Secretariat 

Some Parties have prepared legislative timetables setting out the steps they commit to take to adopt national legislative measures meeting the minimum requirements. Such plans are often based on the template prepared by the Secretariat and available in Notification 2016/066.


Public Notification of a compliance matter
Warning letters
Recommendations to suspend trade