Agreement signed to improve regulation of wildlife trade in Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico, 19th May 2011—TRAFFIC and the Mexican government’s National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) this week signed an agreement to exchange information on Mexican species traded internationally.
The new agreement is anticipated to lead to better implementation of national legislation related to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
It also commits CONABIO, Mexico’s CITES Scientific Authority, and TRAFFIC to promote studies on the state of conservation, management and trade in Mexican species and raise awareness to ensure those entrusted with regulating such trade at sustainable levels have access to the best technical and scientific support available.
The signing took place in the City of Oaxaca, where a trilateral Canada-Mexico-United States meeting on the Conservation and Management of Wildlife and Ecosystems is currently underway.
In Mexico, around 2,500 species of wildlife ranging from cacti, orchids, bromeliads, ferns and other plants through to mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, are traded internationally and come under the CITES regulations.