How does the CITES Convention Work?
The Convention of Parties 19 (CoP19) recently took place in Panama and there were several significant proposals as it relates to the Lumber industry. I have mentioned CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) in the past but wanted to use the recent convention to talk more about how the organization works. How proposals are adopted and what those proposals look like in context with real world species trade. Just to reiterate, CITES is not a lawmaking body but their decisions do inform other entities (like the US Lacey Act or EUTR) on what is regulated. So in this episode I walk through the convention process and describe the annotations and working groups that come about through discourse between delegate nations and the outside observer organizations that attended.