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The CITES Virtual College

European Union UNIA The CITES Virtual College has become an essential resource in efforts to enhance capacities of Parties, increase awareness of the Convention and provide learning and training materials on CITES. The Secretariat is thankful to the 181 Parties to CITES, the European Union and the International University of Andalusia whose support made this innovative training resource possible.

John E. Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES

Available Courses

  • This training will introduce you to CITES e-permitting. It is intended for anyone interested in e-permitting, and particularly beneficial for officials in CITES Management, Scientific or Enforcement Authorities in Member Countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization.
  • This course offers an introduction to what is usually called a non-detriment finding (NDF). Many researchers and observers of the Convention have called NDFs the heart of CITES and one of its very unique characteristics.
  • This course aims to introduce the Convention and enforcement-related issues to officers and Custom officials involved in dealing with CITES specimens, as well as other government and police officials involved in enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations. Due to the subject matter of the course and accompanying reading materials, enrolment is restricted to CITES Authorities, enforcement and Customs officials, and other officials involved in the enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations.
  • Welcome to the Introduction to CITES course for Customs Officers. Upon completing this course, you will be able to examine and process CITES protected specimens in accordance with provisions and guidelines of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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Welcoming address

by Mr John E. Scanlon
former Secretary–General, CITES

As the CITES Virtual College begins its third year of operation, it may be an opportune moment to reflect on its role in the enhancement of capacities by Parties to more effectively implement the Convention. More...

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New Checklist of CITES species now available online: This state-of-the-art electronic resource provides users with an intuitive interface where queries can be made using not just scientific or common species names but also CITES Appendices, countries or regions, and any combinations thereof. More...