Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. An arrangement between nations to restrict the commercial traffic in rare species of animals and plants e.g. rhinoceros horn, rare birds, ivory and orchids.
Shifeta further added decisions are also no longer based on science as well, hence Namibia will consult broadly in consideration of its membership to CITES as it cannot be affiliated to something that does not support the interest and wellbeing of its people.
'CITES is, after all, about balance: between the need to protect species of plants and animals from extinction and the need for nations to use these resources for trade, growth and development,' UNEP executive director, Inger Andersen, said on the opening day of the conference.
For example, 20 listing proposals were prompted by concern over a growing appetite of the exotic pet trade for "charismatic amphibians and reptiles," and delegates also will decide whether musical instruments made of wood from trees regulated by CITES should be exempted from controls.
MEPs call on the EU to play a key role in the protection of endangered species by participating actively in the negotiations on the CITES and insist that the 27 have to speak with a single voice and improve the speed and effectiveness of their internal decision making procedures.
It's time for joint action and for regulatory bodies to work together to ensure the continued survival of species threatened by wildlife trade, says IUCN at the end of the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in Doha, Qatar.Aa"CITES CoP15 has highlighted the challenges facing this convention as one of the many existing agreements for managing commercially important species sustainably," says Sue Mainka, Head of IUCN's delegation to CITES.
The environmental chapters of FTAs typically encourage effective implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other multinational environmental agreements.
The Dossier in last month's Geographical highlighted the dilemma faced by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on whether or not to sanction the sale of stockpiled ivory.