Listing criteria - FAO activities in relation to CITES
CITES was specifically designed to protect species threatened with extinction by international trade. A set of criteria and guidelines were developed by CITES to assist the evaluation of whether or not a species should be listed. These criteria provided very broad directions to be taken into account in the evaluation of proposals for listing any species of animal or plant. Analysing the appropriateness of the existing CITES listing criteria and guidelines for resources exploited by fisheries in marine and large freshwater bodies, FAO concluded that several important improvements could be made and that, in particular, quantitative guidelines could and should be developed.
FAO formulated recommendations on the CITES listing criteria and process for evaluation of proposals at the Second Technical Consultation on the Suitability of the CITES Criteria for Listing Commercially-exploited Aquatic Species (Report of the second Technical Consultation on the Suitability of the CITES Criteria for), held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 22 to 25 October 2001.