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In theory, CITES is supposed to supplement, not replace, effective control of the supply of wild species (field proctection). In practice, however, there are many cases where field protection is completely lacking and CITES provides the only readily available mechanism for controlling commercial exploitation.
Can CITES trade measures replace the need for effective field protection? The following four case studies suggest that it cannot. Each of these cases highlights series shortcomings of the existing CITES mechanism. Perhaps we can gain some insights from these case studies, and use them to design more effective wildlife trade regulation policies and mechanisms.
The four case studies are:
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Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists by Colin Robinson et al.
Global Greens, Global Governance by James Sheehan and Jeremy Rabkin
Global Warming False Alarms by Russell Lewis