India to seek boost to protection status of 5 species at CITES

  1. India has submitted proposals regarding changes to the listing of various wildlife species in the CITES secretarial meeting. The meeting is scheduled to be held in late 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
  2. India has submitted a proposal to re-list the star tortoise from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I. It is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. The species faces two threats: loss of habitat to agriculture and illegal harvesting for the pet trade.
  3. India along with Nepal and Philippines has also proposed to relist smooth-coated otter, small-clawed otter CITES Appendix II to Appendix I. A similar proposal has been made to include the Tokay gecko in Appendix I.
  4. With regards to rosewood, India has proposed to remove it from Appendix II
  5. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. It aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
  6. Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction. Trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.
  7. Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.
  8. Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country, which has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in controlling the trade.