What are Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)?
A Multi-lateral Environmental Agreement or convention is a legally binding international treaty that may be endorsed by member states. Conventions are aimed at collectively addressing specific issues by a number of member states and Zimbabwe is a signatory to the following:
The CITES Convention
CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora also known as the Washington Convention) was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of the international Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The convention was opened for signature in 1973 but came into force on 1 July, 1975. Recognising that wild flora and fauna in their many beautiful and varied forms are an irreplaceable part of natural systems of the earth which must be protected for this and the generations to come, its aim was to:
Encourage member states to be the best protectors of their wild flora and fauna;
Ensure that international trade in a variety of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species in the wild;
Protect certain species of wild flora and fauna from over exploitation through international trade; it protects more than 34, 000 species of animals and plants.
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