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Estimating the extent of CITES noncompliance among traders and end-consumers; Lessons from the global orchid trade

Hinsley, Amy, Nuno, Ana, Ridout, Martin, St. John, Freya A.V., Roberts, David L. (2016) Estimating the extent of CITES noncompliance among traders and end-consumers; Lessons from the global orchid trade. Conservation Letters, 10 (5). pp. 602-609. ISSN 1755-263X. (doi:10.1111/conl.12316)

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Abstract

The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) regulates trade in over 35,000 species, over 70% of which are orchids. To investigate rule-breaking behavior among traders and buyers in a specific international wildlife trading community, we used direct questions (DQs) and the unmatched count technique (UCT) to survey the orchid growing community about CITES compliance and their knowledge and opinions of the rules. In DQ, 9.9% had smuggled, 4.8% had laundered, and 10.8% had been sent orchids from online purchases without paperwork; UCT estimates did not differ significantly. Growers with greater knowledge of CITES rules were more likely to break them, and there were widespread negative views of CITES among respondents. We recommend targeted enforcement focusing on both online trade and at the point of import, coupled with efforts to encourage traders and end-consumers to engage with discussions on CITES rule implementation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/conl.12316
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Management Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 14:38 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58302 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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