CITES is the main international agreement that controls international trade in wild animals and plants. 183 governments are currently signatories, working together to ensure that trade in wildlife specimens does not endanger their survival.
Advising and supporting the enforcement of CITES has been an ongoing priority for TRAFFIC since our formation. We supply trade information and expert analysis to the decision-making process at CITES (such as through the Elephant Trade Information System) to ensure that international trade in wildlife remains at sustainable levels.
explore the latest news and reports directly associated with CITES decisions, CoPs and trade
We've been instrumental in supporting decisions at CITES. Our position at the forefront of wildlife trade monitoring and the development of sustainability frameworks affords us a unique perspective when making impartial recommendations regarding international wildlife trade policy.
Below are some of our recommendations and analysis from recent CITES CoPs.
Johannesburg, South Africa, 24th September-5th October 2016
Bangkok, Thailand, 03-14th March 2013
Doha (Qatar), 13-25th March 2010
The Hague, Netherlands, 3–15th June 2007.
844 representatives from CITES Parties and 400 observers from intergovernmental, international and national organisations attended CoP14.
Bangkok (Thailand), 2-14th October 2004
806 representatives from CITES Parties and 339 observers from intergovernmental, international and national organisations attended CoP13.
We have been involved in CITES CoPs since the Convention was first established. Below are our legacy reports from CITES CoPs 2–12.
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