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Savannah monitor Varanus exanthematicus, a CITES-listed species imported into the EU © Martin Harvey / WWF

Opportunity or threat the role of the European Union in the global wildlife trade

Savannah monitor Varanus exanthematicus, a CITES-listed species imported into the EU © Martin Harvey / WWF

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Published 1st June 2007

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EU: Top global importer of wildlife

Cambridge, UK, 1 June 2007—The European Union (EU) tops the list for major importer by value for many wild animal and plant products, including tropical timber, caviar, reptile skins and live reptiles, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

Opportunity or threat: the role of the European Union in the global wildlife trade

Report author(s):
Maylynn Engler, Rob Parry-Jones

Publication date:
June 2007


Notes:

www.eu-wildlifetrade.org provides up-to-date information in 20 EU languages aimed at the commercial wildlife trade sector and the general public on various aspects of wildlife trade in the EU. 
 
* In December 2006, EU Environment Ministers formally acknowledged the need for EU assistance in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in developing countries and effective implementation of the CITES Convention. (Council Conclusions, 2773rd meeting of the Council of the European Union, 18th December 2006). 


About CITES

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.