Trade in protected species: international convention
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a treaty protecting wild plants or animals. It sets controls on international trade so that the species are not harmed. CITES protection applies to endangered animals and plants in any form:
- alive or dead
- whole or in parts
- or any products made from them
A permit is needed to import or export CITES protected species.
CITES has 3 levels of protection:
- Level 1 (Appendix I) are species at risk. Commercial trade is generally not allowed.
- Level 2 (Appendix II) are species that need controls to protect them. Trade is possible with the right permits.
- Level 3 (Appendix III) are species at risk in a country needing help monitoring the trade.
- Trade in protected species: Conference of the Parties
- Import permits for species harmful to Canadian ecosystems
- Trade in protected species: non-detriment findings
- Permits for trade in protected species
- Trade in protected species: publications
- Trade in protected species: roles and responsibilities in Canada
- Trade in protected species: Canadian act and regulation for wild animal and plant protection
- Trade in protected species: relevant authorities
- Endangered species trade: background documents
- Trade in protected species: contact us
- Trade in protected species: useful Canadian and international sites
- Trade in protected species: frequently asked questions
- Endangered species list
- Endangered species and trade
- Endangered species and the international traveller
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