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


Geneva, Switzerland



Description: CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments.

The aim of CITES is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The Species Survival Network (SSN), founded in 1992, is an international coalition of over eighty non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of CITES. Through scientific and legal research, education and advocacy, the SSN is working to prevent over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international trade.

Organization Type: International Agreement
Issue areas covered:

CITES regulations include some animal welfare provisions.

CITES is a member of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime.

Key opportunities and dates for input: 
  • The SSN will organize actions in the run up to CITES meetings.
Requirements for participation: 

The SSN coordinates the activities of conservation, environmental and animal protection organizations around the world to secure CITES protection for plants and animals affected by international trade.

Advocacy Opportunities:
  • SSN is already a well-organized advocacy coalition/alliance working on CITES providing opportunities for concerted advocacy.

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