Rumblings about the success of the CITES (Convention for International Tafe in Endangered Species) legislation are beginning to emerge and recent amendments suggest that fine tuning is under way. It is the thesis of this paper that the word "conservation" has limited application to orchids as we approach the millennium and that management of what we already know exists is as important to the maintenance of orchid species collections and the gene pool as the attempts to maintain habitats and restrict trade.
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