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Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021. 5:30 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: By recommendation of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Cabinet has approved the re-introduction of legislation in the National Assembly for Belize to become a State Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Belize has listed a number of endangered and threatened species, including the scarlet macaw, the green, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles, and Baird’s tapir among others, but many are valued for their meat, feathers, eggs, and other valuable treasures.

If the treaty is approved, Belize will have committed commitments to address the illegal trade of endangered species of fauna and flora, to promote the management, conservation, and protection of endangered species.

Acceding to the treaty will establish the necessary legal structures enabling the effective regulation of international trade of CITES-listed species in compliance with international obligations.

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