Nearly 180 countries participating in the global organization that regulates trade in endangered plants and animals this week began enforcement of illicit international movement of more than 300 new species.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora had agreed to the new listings, which include timber, plants and marine and other wild animals, at its conference in Bangkok in March.
CITES is made up of 178 member countries, including Lebanon, which joined in March.
“Through the CITES permit system, exporters, importers and consumers of precious timber, marine and other valuable species can have confidence that they are using legally and sustainably harvested specimens,” CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon said in a written statement. “The new regulations will also help better ensure that illegal wildlife trade can be identified, intercepted and responded to, including being treated as a serious crime, where appropriate.”