May 24, 2022

New Science Reference Resource: Species+ Database Provides Comprehensive Information on Globally Protected Species

From the CITES Web Site:

Species+ is a new online resource providing comprehensive information on globally protected species. It includes all species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), as well as those included in the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

[Species+ was developed by UNEP-WCMC and the CITES Secretariat.]


For the first time, CITES and CMS Parties, traders, scientific institutions and the general public will be able to customize and download species lists linked to multilateral environmental agreements. For example, they can now identify which species of shark are listed under CITES and how this list differs from those protected by CMS. Governments can rapidly discover the species occurring within their borders that are covered by these Conventions and CITES authorities can download up-to-date information about CITES trade suspensions and quotas from a single website.

Species+ provides additional functionality and replaces three databases: the UNEP-WCMC Species Database, the CITES Species Database, and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations Database. Users of these sites will be automatically re-directed to Species+ for the most up-to-date information on species. Data from the new CMS species database will be integrated through web feeds in a future release of Species+.

Species+ will help national authorities access information needed to issue permits for trade and to manage migratory species. This will enable them to manage species better, and to assist with efforts to ensure that trade in CITES-listed species is legal, traceable and sustainable.

Who Developed the Database?

Species+, developed by the UN Environmental Program-World Conversation Monitoring Program (UNEP-WCMP) and the CITES Secretariat, is a website designed to assist Parties with implementing CITES, CMS and other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Species+ provides a centralised portal for accessing key information on species of global concern.

Direct to Species+ Database

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See Also: Datasets, Tools, and Publications from UNEP-WCMP

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