International Wildlife Trade Regulation

International wildlife trade refers to the import, export, re-export or introduction from the sea of specimens of wild animals or plants. Animal specimen refers to live or dead animals and their parts or derivatives for example, meat, skin, bones, blood, feathers and shells. Plant specimen refers to live or dead plants and their parts or derivatives for example, leaves, roots, stems, seeds, pollen, logs and sawn wood.

Guyana is a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES is an international agreement among Governments to ensure that the international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. In order for international trade in CITES-listed species to take place, permits and certificates must be issued. Permits and certificates are only required for those species listed on Appendix I, II or III of CITES.

As a Party to CITES, Guyana is obligated to implement the provisions of the Convention and does so through the Species Protection Regulations 1999. The Regulations provide for the establishment of a Management Authority and a Scientific Authority in compliance with Article IX of the Convention.


  Wildlife Division. EPA Building, Ganges St., Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana
t. +592 223 0331
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