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Developing Countries and the Implementation of CITES: the Mexican Experience.

Arroyo-Quiroz, Ines, Perez-Gil, Ramon, Leader-Williams, Nigel (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. (doi:10.1080/13880290590913714) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:8466)

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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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13880290590913714
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: Divisions > Division of Human and 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 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:46 UTC
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