Factsheet: WAPPRIITA

WAPPRIITA

Key Information

Country/Region:

Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
The Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA)
Description: 
The goal is preventing imports of illegally harvested forest products Canada is a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. As a party to CITES, Canada has enacted legislation for enforcing the Convention. This legislation is the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). Environment Canada is the lead federal agency responsible for enforcing WAPPRIITA. The Act applies to the following animal and plant species: Species on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) control list; Foreign species whose capture, possession, and export are prohibited or regulated by laws in their country of origin; Canadian species whose capture, possession, and transportation are regulated by provincial or territorial laws; Species whose introduction into Canadian ecosystems could endanger Canadian species. The Act forbids the import, export and interprovincial transportation of these species, unless the specimens are accompanied by the appropriate documents (licences, permits). In all cases, the Act applies to the plant or animal, alive or dead, as well as to its parts and any derived products.
Goal/Aim: 
Support (forest) biomass for energy production.

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Gouvernement of Canada Minister of the Environment

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
Policies ensuring sustainable production of biomass
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1992
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2010