The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has received 57 proposals (click here for full list) to amend the lists of species subject to international trade controls that will be considered at the next meeting of the conference of the parties to CITES, which will be held from May 23 to June 3 in Sri Lanka. CITES members have until mid-March to comment on these proposals.

According to a CITES press release, the 57 proposals cover a wide range of species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and a variety of plant species. Examples include three proposals on African elephants (two of which would ease trade controls and one that would prohibit all commercial trade), a proposal to allow unrestricted commercial trade in white rhinos, the first-ever proposal to include the giraffe in the CITES appendices, and a proposal to list the extinct mammoth in Appendix II (which would subject trade to a permit requirement).

In addition, a record 140 documents proposing new measures and policies on international trade in wild fauna and flora have been submitted for consideration by the conference. These documents will be published on the CITES website at a later stage.

CITES is a legally binding agreement that monitors, lists, and regulates legal and sustainable wildlife trade and combats illegal trade in wildlife. It currently regulates trade in over 36,000 species of wild animals and plants.

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