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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 35,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.

The Agarwood Trade and CITES

Agarwood was initiated into the fraternity of CITES in 2004. It landed with an “Appendix 2” classification, meaning it wasn’t outright banned, but the agarwood trade was to be “controlled.” This is to be achieved by requiring a CITES certificate for both import and export of agarwood and agarwood oil.

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