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Bundesamt für Naturschutz
Signed in 1973 and also known as the Washington Convention, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals from over-exploitation. CITES currently provides various degrees of protection for some 37,000 animal and plant species, whether traded as live specimens, as parts or as products derived thereof.
The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation is the German enforcement authority with responsibility for implementing CITES in the Federal Republic of Germany. The following pages provide detailed information on general issues and also on more specific topics concerning CITES.