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CITES - Species Conservation
New legislation on species conservation
Throughout the world today, populations of many animal and plant species are endangered or even threatened with extinction as a result of trade interests. In order to counteract this threat effectively, the 'Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora' - abbreviated to
CITES - was signed in Washington, 1973. In Germany, CITES has been in force since 1976 and more than 170 countries have become Parties to the Convention to date CITES - was signed in Washington, 1973. In Germany, CITES has been in force since 1976 and more than 170 countries have become Parties to the Convention to date The objective of CITES is to control international trade, one of many factors for the persistent decline in species and populations of animal and plants worldwide. 'Trade' means each transport crossing a border irrespective of the purpose behind. Endangered species are listed in the Convention's three Appendices, grouped according to the level of protection they require. Different levels of restriction then apply to international trade in these species. The lists in these Appendices are updated every two years at the Conference of the Parties to CITES.