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39. CITES

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CITES is an international agreement between governments of 160+ countries.

Joining is voluntary but, once joined, a country has to agree to the rules. The aim is to make sure trade in wild animal and plants doesn’t threaten their survival. Trade in animals and plants and trade in products made from them (foods, leather goods, wooden musical instruments etc.) is worth millions annually. Trade is worldwide so it’s no use just one country trying to stop it – it takes international effort. Once a country has signed the Convention (become a Party to the Convention), it has to use its own domestic laws to provide the required protection.

This Environmental Studies Factsheet:
• Explains how it works.
• Identifies the critics of CITES.
• Includes a Case Study.

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September 2004

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ISSN: 1351-5136

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