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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first signed in 1973 in order to protect certain species of wild fauna and flora against over-exploitation through commercial trade, a trade now worth billions of dollars a year. CITES first entered into force on July 1, 1975, and now more than 170 nations ("Parties") have signed and ratified the CITES treaty. More About CITES

CITES News

  • June 24, 2015

    Pangolin Range States Meet to Plan Critical Conservation Actions

    Delegates from 29 African and Asian pangolin range countries and the United States joined together for the first time this week to develop a unified conservation action plan to protect pangolins, the most trafficked mammals in the world, at the First Pangolin Range States Meeting.

  • April 29, 2015

    Rhino Conservation Campaign Reaches Da Nang, Viet Nam

    The Viet Nam CITES Management Authority, the Da Nang Department of Education and Training and Humane Society International held a series of awareness-raising activities for Da Nang, Viet Nam residents to reduce the demand for rhino horn.

  • April 22, 2015

    It’s Our Turn to Lead - Elephant Awareness Month Launch Ceremony

    The Guardian of the Elephants Alliance celebrated the launch of the Elephant Awareness Month at the National Zoological Museum China with hundreds of college students encouraging the public to protect endangered elephants by stopping the consumption of ivory.

  • October 16, 2014

    Word is Spreading in Viet Nam: Rhino Horn Isn't Medicine

    Polls revealed a dramatic reduction in Vietnamese demand for rhino horn thanks to a joint HSI-Viet Nam CITES Management Authority public awareness campaign.

  • September 24, 2014

    India Urged to Support Shark and Ray Protections

    Animal protection groups urged the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests to support the shark and ray listings being proposed at the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of Migratory Species.

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