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The goal of Washington Convention is to control international trade in endangered species of flora and fauna. More information on CITES available here (in Latvian), international website (in English).

The Latvian Museum of Natural History is one of Washington Convention (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) or CITES scientific authorities in Latvia. Anyone can come upon the rules of the Convention when going through customs after returning home from a travel.

To inform the public an exhibition with two stands about CITES was opened at the museum. One of the stands displays various objects from museum’s collection as well as number of goods confiscated from tourists or traders due to obey of CITES rules, and import in Latvia. Most often illegally obtained goods are exhibited: oriental medical remedies, cosmetics, crocodile and snake skin goods, furs, snakes in alcoholic beverage bottles, corals, shells, hunting trophies and others. The other stand guides visitors through the legal procedure of various goods purchase – required documentation for transporting the items and issuing authorities. Additionally stand provides more information about CITES flora and fauna species found in Latvia.

To avoid unpleasant surprises after otherwise a fantastic travel and to minimize human pressure on nature, explore and learn more about CITES!

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