Supporting Sustainable Trade of CITES Species
Operational Plan: 2017 - 2018
Trade in animal and plant species in North America is a multimillion-dollar business. However, illegal harvesting and trade of wildlife threatens the sustainability of these species groups in North America and their trade. This project advances implementation of CEC-developed trilateral action plans to achieve legal, sustainable and traceable production and trade of four groups of North American species: sharks, turtles/tortoises, tarantulas, and timber. All four are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Partners in this innovative conservation project include state, provincial and local authorities as well as indigenous communities.