The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) entered into force in 1975, and became the only treaty to ensure that international trade in plants and animals does not threaten their survival in the wild. A State or country that has agreed to implement the Convention is called a Party to CITES. Currently there are 184 Parties, including 183 member countries and the European Union.

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CITES Implementation

Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (CoPs) take place approximately every three years, and provide an opportunity for representatives from all CITES Parties as well as non-governmental organizations to participate in determining the future of CITES.

CITES in the United States

Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been designated to carry out the provisions of CITES through the Division of Management Authority and the Division of Scientific Authority.  We work with numerous partners including federal and state agencies, industry groups, and conservation organizations.