Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

International trade in wildlife is a multibillion dollar industry. The trade in wild flora and fauna can contribute to species conservation or if unsustainable, it could contribute to the decline of endangered species.

In this context, with a view to regulate trade in wild flora and fauna across borders, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was opened for signature on 3 Mach 1973, which entered into force on 1 July 1975. The objective of the Convention is to conserve wildlife and prevent international trade from threatening species with extinction.

Turkey has been a Party to the CITES since 1996.