Biodiv Sci ›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (3): 319-328.  DOI: 10.1360/biodiv.060225

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CITES and genetic resource management in China

Zhihua Zhou1, 2 , Zhigang Jiang 1, 3*   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bei-jing 100080
    2 The Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of the P. R. China, Beijing 100714
    3 Endangered Species Scientific Commission of the P. R. China, Beijing 100080
  • Online:2007-05-20 Published:2007-05-20

Abstract: Genetic resource is a strategic resource of the 21st century and a hot topic in recent international negotiations. We firstly analyzed the operation mechanism of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the genetic resource issue in the domain of CITES, then we discussed the legislation and its impact on the management of genetic resource in China. We also briefly reviewed implementation of CITES and legislation on genetic resource management in China. We pointed out that problems regarding genetic resource which urgently need to be resolved, including divided duty among multi-authorities, inadequate legislation, and lacking of clear national policy and strategic view, lacking of information, unclear property rights and lacking economic mechanism which benefits conservation and utilization of genetic resources of wild fauna and flora. Finally, we propose resolutions for resolving above problems, such as formulating national strategy, establishing coherent management mechanism, integrating the genetic resources issue into relevant regulations, conducting surveys on genetic resources of wild fauna and flora, establishing economic mechanism which benefits the conservation of genetic resources.