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White Rhinocerous Diceros bicornis

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

White Rhinocerous Diceros bicornis

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Setting the score for international wildlife trade

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.

CITES was formed in

1975

TRAFFIC at CITES

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.

CITES CoP17

Johannesburg, South Africa, 24th September-5th October 2016

CITES CoP16

Bangkok, Thailand, 03-14th March 2013

CITES CoP15

Doha (Qatar), 13-25th March 2010

CITES CoP14

The Hague, Netherlands, 3–15th June 2007.

844 representatives from CITES Parties and 400 observers from intergovernmental, international and national organisations attended CoP14.

CITES CoP13

Bangkok (Thailand), 2-14th October 2004

806 representatives from CITES Parties and 339 observers from intergovernmental, international and national organisations attended CoP13.

Analysis of legacy CITES CoPs

We have been involved in CITES CoPs since the Convention was first established. Below are our legacy reports from CITES CoPs 2–12.