Conservation: African states located along the illegal ivory chain have this week agreed to implement immediate measures to stem the illegal trade and poaching of elephants throughout Africa.
The deal, struck at the African Elephant Summit and convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the government of Botswana, is the first ever to highlight the whole ivory value chain from elephant range states, to ivory transit states including the Phillipines and Malaysia and states where ivory is eventually sold on the black market such as Thailand and China....
Delegates agreed to a series of measures including:
A zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking and treating it as a 'serious crime' allowing tools such as asset seizure, extradition arrest and prosecution;
The involvement of communities that live near elephants in their protection and conservation;
Increasing the capacity of wildlife protection units so they can take on poaching units which are generally well armed and highly organized;
Stepping up monitoring efforts in order to assess the amount of illegal killing, population data and levels of illegal trade;
The strengthening of national laws to address poaching and wildlife crime issues;
and influencing consumer behavior in order to reduce the demand for ivory....
[Thanks to Sophie BArclay, Fiona Gordon at the New Zealand Herald]
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