Indonesia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation in trade in wild flora and fauna, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.
The MoU was signed Wednesday by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from the two countries.
Indonesia was represented by Sonny Partono, director general of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation at the Forestry Ministry and China by a
delegation led by Forestry Deputy Minister Liu Dongsheng.
Under the agreement, Indonesia can conduct trade in wild fauna and flora directly with China without involving a third country.
"So far, trade has been carried out through Singapore, Hong Kong or Thailand, resulting in much of the benefits being enjoyed by the third countries," Sonny said.
The MoU enables the two countries to exchange information on trade and conservation of wild flora and fauna, and strengthening of law enforcement against illegal trade activities.
"In developing cooperation programmes and activities, Indonesia and China will prioritise trade in wild fauna and flora and their products in the framework of CITES," Sonny said.
At present, only species of wild flora and fauna not protected and included in the Appendix II of CITES have been sold to China.