The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in place since 1973, is an international treaty aiming to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The European Union became the 181st Party to CITES on 8 July 2015, and the first regional economic integration organisation (REIO) to accede to the Convention. The accession to CITES will strengthen the role of the EU as global actor in the environment and trade areas.
WCS is a strong supporter of CITES and has staff who have attended all meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) since CoP7 in 1989. We also attended many meetings of the Standing Committee (SC) and Animals Committee (AC).
WCS works closely with the EU and other Parties to CITES, and shares its field expertise and provides recommendations at the CoP, the SC and the AC. Our recommendations are based on the CITES listing criteria, the best available scientific and technical information, and information from our field and country programs around the world.