The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES is an international treaty aimed at ensuring that international trade in listed animal and plant species does not threaten their survival. Currently there are 183 Parties to CITES, 182 countries, including the United States, and one regional economic integration organization, the European Union. The nineteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Costa Rica, March 3-14, 2022. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are soliciting recommendations for amending Appendices I and II of CITES as well as recommendations for resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for discussion at CoP19. Comments can be submitted until May 3, 2021. Learn more.