Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 1973

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An international agreement between countries, the goal of which is to ensure that the global trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the traded species’ survival.

CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of IUCN (The World Conservation Union). The text of the Convention was finally agreed at a meeting of representatives of 80 countries in Washington, D.C., United States of America, on 3 March 1973, and on 1 July 1975 CITES entered in force.


CITES website
Text of the Convention