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Information and Recommendations on animal and plant species for CoP18

Last week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to provide information and recommendations on animal and plant species for which the U.S. should consider submitting proposals to amend the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices for consideration at the Eighteenth Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18). Public comments will be accepted until March 26, 2018.

CITES is a treaty agreed to by 183 Parties (182 countries, including the United States, and one regional economic integration organization, the European Union), that protects species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade.

Every two to three years, a meeting of the Conference of the Parties is held to review, discuss, and negotiate changes in the implementation of CITES, including changes in protections for certain species. The CoP18 to CITES will be held in Sri Lanka from May 23rd through June 3rd 2019.

To contribute information or recommendations for CITES CoP18, review the notice in the Federal Register and visit USFWS CoP18.

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