Trade is one activity that can lead to negative impacts on species, especially on endangered species. Hence, a number of legal instruments prevail at national, regional and international level that focus on the control of trade in species.
Trade-related impacts on species are addressed at the international level by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Known as CITES, this Convention aims at ensuring that international trade does not threaten wild plant and animal species. It does this by subjecting trade to a number of controls on import, export and re-export of species by applying a licensing system and by listing species into three different appendices depending on the extent of how threatened the species are as a result of trade activities.
Further information on trade in species and CITES shall be made available soon.
Administration of the CITES Office
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