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CITES species database

Description

This database contains information about species that are protected by the ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - CITES’ against over-exploitation through international trade.

Author(s)

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Publisher(s)

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Monday, January 1, 2001

Target audience

Policy makers, natural resources managers

Abstract

Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 29,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade. They are listed in the three CITES Appendices. The species are grouped in the Appendices according to how threatened they are by international trade. They include some whole groups, such as primates, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), sea turtles, parrots, corals, cacti and orchids. But in some cases only a subspecies or geographically separate population of a species (for example the population of just one country) is listed. The table below shows the approximate numbers of species that are included in the CITES Appendices as from 22 December 2011.

Contributor(s)

This database was created and is maintained by UNEP-WCMC with financial support from the European Commission and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee of the United Kingdom.

Rights

This database was created and is maintained by UNEP-WCMC with financial support from the European Commission and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee of the United Kingdom. This information resource is a result of long-term collaboration between countless individual scientists worldwide and many organizations whose contribution is gratefully acknowledged.

Rights holder

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora