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CITES and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure by means of suitable controls that trade in wild fauna or flora or in their parts or derivatives does not endanger their survival.

The EU, which is not a party to CITES, has issued Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the Protection of Species of Wild Fauna and Flora by Regulating Trade Therein (the Wildlife Trade Regulation), which is consistent with CITES and has direct application in all EU member states.

Alongside enforcement of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation and consequently of CITES, BfN also serves as Germany’s scientific authority under the Regulation.

Tasks of the scientific authority:

  • Assessing applications for import permits for compatibility with conservation requirements
  • Compiling basic data on the conservation status of individual traded species
  • Advising on and conducting training, and compiling enforcement aids and checklists

Legal basis

Text of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation
Full text of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation (Regulation No 338/97/EC)  Annexes A, B, C and D

Further Information

Provisions on the import and export of protected CITES species

ZEET
Compilation of all individual decisions on the import of protected species of fauna

Useful Links

WISIA:
Scientific information system on international species conservation.

CITES:
Official website of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Last Change: 21/05/2019

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