The Role Of France In Wildlife Trade

The European Union (EU) is an important player in the international legal and illegal wildlife trade and is known to be a major destination market and trade hub for wildlife and their commodities, including species listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Being one of the largest economies in the EU, France plays a crucial role in legal and illegal wildlife trade in the EU. France also has 12 overseas territories scattered from the subarctic (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon) to the Antarctic (Terre Adélie), through the tropical zones of the three largest oceans, which makes the country a host to a remarkable biological diversity and endemism. Being a CITES Party since 1978, France bears a responsibility in ensuring that trade in wild species is sustainable, legal and traceable, not only as an importer and re-exporter, but also as a range state for various wild species.