Georgia Water/Laws/Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

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U.S. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (1975)

General Description

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With over 100 parties, the Convention sets up a complex system of import and export permits and regulations to safeguard endangered species from over-exploitation.


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A Convention-appointed Secretariat prepares scientific and technical studies as well as coordinates recordkeeping and reporting as required by the Convention. The Convention also establishes a Conference of State Parties which meets every two years to adapt the Convention to evolving conditions.

Functioning of the Permit System

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The permits under the system are nationally administered and keyed to categories of endangered species. Exemptions from permits system exist, and states are permitted to take stricter measures if they wish.