Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed in 1973 and entered into force on July 1975. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
The subsidiary bodies of the Convention are:
Review the progress in the conservation of the species listed in the three Appendices;
Analyse proposals to amend the species included in Appendices I and II;
Recommend measures to improve the efficacy of the Convention, and
Ensure the effective functioning of the Secretariat.
The Animals and Plants Committees, are responsible for providing technical support to the decision making process in terms of the species and the nomenclature used in the Appendices and documents.
Colombia and the CITES
Colombia is the regional representative of the area of Central and South America and the Caribbean in the Standing Committee, until 2016.
From the 25th to the 27th of November, 2014, it was held in Santa Marta (Colombia) the International workshop on sharks: articulating experiences and strategies for implementation of species included in CITES Appendix II.
The follow-up and implementation of the Convention is a competency of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development