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4. What is CITES?
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By company policy, we are committed to selling the freshest seeds and highest germination rate. Studies show that, with rare exceptions, the germination probability of a seed decreases with the age of the seed itself: for this reason, on the site only seeds collected exclusively during the last growing season are for sale (for example, in 2012 we sold seeds harvested not before 2011). The seeds unsold at the end of the season, however, are put on sale in a special section of our website, or given as a present, or given away to enthousiast associations. That said, the seeds may not be germinated due to unfavorable environmental conditions (relative humidity , lighting, terrain, etc.) that are not under our control, and that despite the advices given in the Tutorial section, may not have been complied with in full. However, do not despair! Some seeds may require up to several months before germinating.
The acronym CITES means "Convention on international trade in species of wild fauna and flora threatened with extinction". It is usually called, for short, "the Washington Convention". It is an agreement signed by the governments of almost all countries in the world created to regulate and monitor the for-profit exchange of animals and plants in danger. The Convention lists animal and plant species at risk of extinction, and the list is updated on a periodic basis by a committee of biologists and researchers from around the world. The species are divided into 3 Appendices (I, II, III) depending on the level of protection. For more informations see also CITES section of our website.
Constituting a very large market because of its size and its level of modernization, the EU has decided to implement CITES regulations by acquiring Regulations that, for certain species, are also more restrictive than CITES. They are the Council Regulation (EC) n.338/97 of the Council of 09.12.96 and following amends and supplements. In Europe, the species at risk are divided into four annexes (A-B-C-D) depending on the level of protection. For more informations see also Regulations section of our website.
There are two possible cases:
- if you've collected the plants whose seeds are included in Annex A or B (EC regulation 338/97 of 09.12.96 and a.s.) you can give, exchange, transfer or sell the seeds only if you hold the "Register Detention Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" under the Decree of the Italian Ministry of the Environment January 8, 2002; in addiction, collecting the seeds of a plant in Annex A or B forms part of the artificial propagation and must be authorized (in different ways depending on whether it's plants in Annex A or B) from the Italian State Forestry Corps (obvious all this is valid for Italy);
- if you have collected the plants whose seeds are not included in Annexes A or B, you are free to manage the collected seeds as you like because they are not subject to restrictions.