Craftsmanship, jewellery or something culinary - souvenirs for your loved ones at home or as your own souvenir of a wonderful holiday are very popular. However, many souvenirs damage the valuable biological diversity of the country, impair the habitats of endangered animal species or often do not originate from the respective region.

But which souvenirs can you take home with you and which not? How can you strengthen local handicrafts?

In cooperation with the Global Nature Fund (GNF), we have compiled relevant information and important tips to help you avoid unpleasant surprises at customs, preserve the biological diversity of your holiday destination and make an additional contribution to the local economy by supporting local craftsmanship.

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The Global Nature Fund (GNF) is a non-profit, private, independent international foundation for the protection of environment and nature.

There will be more to come here

This page will be extended continuously. Information on souvenirs from other countries will be made available to you soon.


The Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was concluded in 1973 in view of the dramatic decline of many species due to poaching and trade. There are 181 parties to the Convention worldwide, more than 85 percent of all states in the world. It currently includes about 5000 animal and 29,000 plant species. According to its preamble, the Convention serves

  • the protection of animals and plants in their beauty and diversity as an irreplaceable part of natural systems
  • the preservation of the importance of animals and plants in aesthetic, scientific and cultural terms
  • for present and future generations, and in terms of recovery and the economy.
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