Arroyo-Quiroz, I. and Perez-Gil, R. and Leader-Williams, N. (2005) Developing Countries and the Implementation of CITES: the Mexican Experience. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 8 (1). pp. 13-49. ISSN 1388-0292.
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A key issue for the success of international conventions regulating biodiversity conservation is to understand the different philosophical positions of each party for initially acceding to that convention, and for the measures each party takes to implement that convention. This paper documents policies for wildlife trade regulation in Mexico from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, with emphasis on the process of CITES implementation. Mexico was slow to adopt environmental policies, but when Mexico did recognize wider environmental concerns, the prospect of acceding to CITES was not considered because of existing bans on all wildlife trade in native species. However, Mexico could not control the illegal trade of wild species during the 1980s. Mexico acceded to CITES in 1991 mainly in response to international pressure and to bilateral pressure while seeking to join a free trade agreement. The step of joining CITES was taken without clear analysis about the consequences of being a party to the Convention. Between 1992 and 1996, Mexico had no clear policy about its role within CITES. The period from 1997 to 2001 witnessed an improved legal and administrative structure and a greater internal coordination between the institutions involved with CITES. Mexico has now improved its policy toward international wildlife trade.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||CITES; wildlife trade regulation; wildlife conservation; implementation; Mexico|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)|
|Depositing User:||C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum|
|Date Deposited:||29 Sep 2008 12:15|
|Last Modified:||06 Sep 2011 00:10|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8466 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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