What is CITES?
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties, it 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.
Due to the nature of the CITES convention and the dependency of the private sector on natural resources, companies involved in BioTrade must be aware of the implications of the convention. CITES and UEBT work together to facilitate sustainable use of CITES listed species by businesses.