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UAE placed in Cites Category One status

posted on 22/06/2005: 2059 views

Following legislation to protect endangered animals and plants the UAE now has Category One status to implement the Geneva-based Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) regulations.

This puts the UAE in the same category with countries that have made the combating of illegal trade of fauna and flora a high priority. Other countries in Category One include some European Union nations, Japan, Australia and Canada.

The UAE has achieved this status due to its efforts in issuing Federal Law 11 2002 on Regulating and Controlling International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

This law makes it illegal to import, export and re-export or offer for sale any animals, plants or derivatives that have not been obtained under the Cites requirements. "Penalties and imprisonment were also made applicable. "This law was vital because it formed the legal infrastructure to implement and enforce Cites regulations in the UAE,” a statement from the Cites Management Authority in the UAE said. To help implement Cites, a unique UAE falcon registering scheme has been introduced. (The Gulf News)


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