Title

Analysis of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Its Effects on Giant Panda Conservation

Date of Award

8-18-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Steven Bissell

Keywords

captive breeding; CITES; conservation; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1973); Endangered Species Act; environmental law; environmental policy; giant panda; Giant panda -- China; Giant panda -- Conservation; Giant panda -- Habitat; panda habitat; United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973

Abstract

The giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca is an endangered species that is protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Numerous factors have led to a decline in giant panda populations in China including habitat loss from human activity, poaching, panda inbreeding and a low reproductive rate. This capstone analyzes the effects of CITES and ESA as policies for the protection of panda populations and their habitat. CITES and ESA provide some protection for panda populations in the United States. However, these policies do not address panda habitat protection in China.

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