Regional Workshop on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Date: 02-04.06.2015
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Enlargement countries are all Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The EU implements the CITES Convention through the Wildlife Trade Regulations, under which imports from and exports to enlargement countries are regulated and monitored. In that regard, it is important that enlargement countries adequately apply CITES requirements and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations,. It is also important to ensure that enforcement priorities and activities carried out by EU authorities are consistent with controls applied by enlargement countries to ensure that wildlife trafficking is tackled in an efficient manner.

This workshops is organized in close cooperation with the EC DG Environment and the EU Wildlife Trade Enforcement Group.

Wider Objective:

Building the capacities of CITES authorities in enlargement countries, and ensure that these countries are well aware of EU Wildlife Trade Regulations and priorities relating to legal and sustainable trade in wild fauna and flora.

Specific Objectives:

Provide training regarding 3 priority areas:

  • general requirements under CITES and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations;
  • scientific requirements under these regulations and tasks of scientific authorities;
  • controls by enforcement agencies and criminal law.

Expected Results of the meeting

The expected results are:

  • enhanced capacities regarding CITES and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations;
  • better cooperation between CITES authorities of EU Member States and neighbouring countries, in particular in the field of enforcement and combating wildlife trafficking 2000 network.