CITES is an international agreement between governments aimed at ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Director Biosecurity Service Ngatoko Ta Ngatoko said the workshop is being held to update the current status of international trade in endangered wildlife species.
The workshop will also get up to date with issues covered under the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organisation, Convention on Biological Diversity, World Organisation for Animal Health, Codex Alimentarius and the Oceania Customs Organisation.
“We have invited representatives from different agencies,” Ngatoko said.
He said the workshop would share information with current border operational activities dealing with the movement of yachts, vessels, aircraft, cargoes and travelling passengers with regards to CITES.
Agriculture secretary Dr Matairangi Purea will officially open the programme and an overview on CITES, updates on movement of endangered items will be presented by Liz Munro and Joe Brider.
A review of the international trade in products covered by CITES will be presented by Ngapoko Ngatamaine and other discussions will include the international trade in aquarium fish as well as dog detection in relation to wood packaging materials and nursery plants.