AC CITES Animals Committee
ACCOBAMS Agreement on the Conservation of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Areas
ART Africa Resources Trust
ASOC Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
ATA Temporary Admission Customs Document
AU African Union, formerly the OAU (Organization for African Unity)
AZA American Zoo and Aquarium Association
AWI Animal Welfare Institute
CAMPFIRE Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CCC Caribbean Conservation Corporation
CCAMLR Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CMS Convention of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, or the Bonn Convention
COP Conference of the Parties
CSD Commission on Sustainable Development
CWS Canadian Wildlife Service (lead Canadian Agency on CITES)
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
EEC European Economic Community
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone (the oceanic coastal area that belongs to a country)
EIA Environmental Investigation Agency
ETIS CITES’ Elephant Trade Information System - for monitoring illegal trade in ivory
EU European Union
FAO UN Food and Agriculture Organization
GEF Global Environment Facility
HSC Humane Society of Canada
HIS Humane Society International
HSUS Humane Society of the United States
IAC Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles
IAFWA International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
IATA International Air Transport Association
IFAW International Fund for Animal Welfare
INTERPOL International Criminal Police Organization - AKA ICPO
IPOA International Plan of Action, issued by the FAO (usually for sharks)
IPPL International Primate Protection League
ITTO International Tropical Timber Organization
IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature—The World Conservation Union
IUU Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fisheries
IWC International Whaling Commission, or International Wildlife Coalition
IWMC International Wildlife Management Consortium
KSBK Animal Conservation for Life
LAC Latin America and Caribbean region
MA CITES Management Authority
MIKE CITES system for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
NGO Non-governmental Organization, AKA an ONG, can be anti-use or pro-use
NMFS US National Marine Fisheries Service
NPOA National Plan of Action, issued by FAO (usually for sharks)
OC Ocean Conservancy, formerly the CMC
OLDEPESCA Latin American Organization for Fishery Development
PC CITES Plants Committee
PIJAC Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands
RC Resolution Conference
RMP Revised Management Procedure (of the IWC)
RMS Revised Management Scheme (of the IWC)
RSPCA Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
SA CITES Scientific Authority
SADC Southern African Development Community
SPAW Protocol on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife, under the Cartagena Convention
TIR Transports Internationaux Routiers, a customs document
TRAFFIC Trade Record Analysis of Fauna and Flora in Commerce
SC CITES Standing Committee, the governing body of CITES between COPs
SCI Safari Club International
SSN Species Survival Network
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service (the lead US agency on CITES)
WCO World Customs Organization
WDCS Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
WIDECAST Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
WSPA World Society for the Protection of Animals
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
WWF World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly the World Wildlife Fund
ZAWA Zambia Wildlife Authority