CITES (the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to
ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and
plants does not threaten their survival.
Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants are protected by CITES.
New Zealand joined the Convention in 1989 and the Department of Conservation is the designated Management Authority.
Strategic Vision through 2005
This strategic plan, the first of its kind in the history of the Convention, was adopted at 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties. It maps the way forward for the Convention in the next five years by detailing what its goals should be. (PDF file - 3.18MB)
The Evolution of CITES
By Willem Wijnstekers
This is the 6th edition of The Evolution of CITES. It not only presents the provisions of the Convention and relevant Resolutions and Decisions in an accessible way but also provides explanations and comments to facilitate an understanding of the Convention and of how it should be implemented. (PDF file - 5.83 MB)
Source: reproduced with permission of the CITES Secretariat