Illicit wildlife trafficking is driving many species towards extinction. The theme on the UN World Environment Day is aiming at limiting trafficking in wildlife and on ending poaching.
The European Commission has published an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking. Poaching and trafficking are threatening wildlife globally. Europe is a destination market and a hub for trafficking in transit to other regions.
CITES Convention – The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – regulates the international trade in more than 30,000 endangered species. Purpose of the Convention is to protect endangered species of fauna and flora through controls on international trade in endangered specimens.
CITES prohibits trade in almost 900 species threatened with extinction, while trade in the remaining 30,000 species covered by CITES is permitted but strictly controlled. Animals and plants covered by CITES, as well as their parts and products made from them, have to be accompanied by an official CITES document, that has to be obtained in advance. Look for the address to your own country's CITES authorities at the web pages of the CITES Secretariat.
CITES permitting in Finland
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is the permitting authority in Finland, issuing permits and certificates for import, and (re)export to and from Finland. The form for import and (re)export together with instructions may be downloaded from this page. The forms are editable and printable pdf-files.
Certificates for travelling exhibitions
Print, fill and sign the application forms, or fill, sign and print. Add the attachments needed and send the application and attachments to the CITES permit office at Finnish Environment Institute. The postal address is below and on the application forms.
CITES in Finland
Finland joined CITES in 1976. Nowadays the national legislation for the implementation of CITES and relating EU regulations is the Nature Conservation Act (1096/1996), which came into force in the 1st of January 1997.
According to the act the Ministry of the Environment is designated as the Management Authority. However, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is designated the competent authority in all matters concerning the issuance of permits and certificates. The Finnish Museum of Natural History of the University of Helsinki (LUOMUS) is the designated Scientific Authority.
It is the duty of the Customs to enforce the regulations in importation, exportation, re-exportation and transit transports. According to the Finnish Penal Code the maximum penalty for nature conservation offences is 2 years of imprisonment. What has illegally been gained or its corresponding monetary value shall be sentenced to be forfeited to the State.
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Natural Environment Centre, P.O.BOX 140, FI-00251 Helsinki, Finland, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +358 295 251 000, Fax. +358 9 5490 279.