5 Jun 2008

France applies CITES to Pacific territories

3:27 pm on 5 June 2008

The French government says the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, or CITES, is now fully enforceable in the French Pacific territories of French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

Since it was ratified by France, the 1973 convention applied to all parts of the French territory.

However, it proved difficult to be enforced.

The new ordinance, endorsed by the French cabinet, is reinforcing penalties for infringements.