1. An earlier version of this study was one of several regional studies of its kind that informed a global report on the status, scope and trends of the legal and illegal international trade in marine turtles, that was requested by governments at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17, Johannesburg, 2016) and presented at its 18th meeting (CoP18, Geneva, 2019). The current version of the study was updated by TRAFFIC on the basis of new seizure data from September 2018 to July 2019.
CITES, the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Find out more here.
TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development whose mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. More information at www.traffic.org