Opinions clash at CITES COP 2017 over elephant protection measures

Ivory Trade Mechanism Rejected in Heated Debate at COP 17

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New Survey of Africa’s Elephants Reveals Catastrophic Declines

27 September 2016 | ATC News | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Africa’s elephant population has declined by 110 000 in the last 10 years, mainly due to poaching according to a new report presented by African Elephant Specialist Group at COP 17. Africa now only has 415 000 elephants based on population estimates from a wide range of sources – including data from the pan-African survey … Full Story →


 

Future trade in ivory dealt major blow yesterday; Trade in live elephants on agenda for today

27 September 2016 | Elephants & Ivory Report CITES CoP17 | Donald Lehr |

Providing analysis at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Johannesburg, on behalf of Fondation Franz Weber, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Pro Wildlife. Our experts are available for background and interviews. CONTACT: Don Lehr / … Full Story →


 

Members of Congress Urge US Delegates to Support Permanent Ban on the Ivory Trade

22 September 2016 | ETN | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Fifty-four members from both houses of the US House of Representatives sent a letter today to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, urging the United States to vocally and strongly support the highest level of protections for African elephants at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species … Full Story →


 

Prince William says it’s no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory

23 September 2016 | Environment News Service | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

LONDON, UK, September 23, 2016 (ENS) – In a live satellite feed from London to invited audiences in Johannesburg and Toyko ahead of the major Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, which opens Saturday in Johannesburg, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, said that the world has a … Full Story →


 

European Union puts African elephants in jeopardy

23 September 2016 | ATC News | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

The first act of the EU as a full member of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may well jeopardise the future of African elephants. At the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) which opens in Johannesburg on Saturday 24th of September, the European Union will not … Full Story →


 

Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years – IUCN report

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 | IUCN | C.R. Thouless, H.T. Dublin, J.J. Blanc, D.P. Skinner, T.E. Daniel, R.D. Taylor, F. Maisels, H.L. Frederick, P. Bouche |

Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched today at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the … Full Story →


 

Conservationists and MPs call for a total UK ban on ivory sales

22 Septembrer 2016 | The Guardian | Damian Carrington |

Group including William Hague, Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking write to prime minister Theresa May saying recent crackdown on sales of ivory less than 70 years old does not go far enough. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes on average due to the poaching crisis. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters The government must implement a total … Full Story →


 

Cape Fur Seal Trade Remains Shrouded in Secrecy

21 September 2016 | National Geographic | Katarzyna Nowak |

Namibia’s sealing industry persists in the face of a global trend toward ending the trade. A Cape fur seal basks in the sun along the Namibian coast. During the past decade the country has exported nearly 400,000 seal skins for the commercial “wild fur” trade. Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative Namibian Sunshine isn’t … Full Story →


 

Botswana breaks ranks with neighbors on ivory trade ahead of U.N. meeting

September 21, 2016 | Reuters | Ed Cropley |

Foreign tourists in safari boats observe elephants along the Chobe river bank near Botswana’s northern border where Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia meet. March 4, 2005. Reuters/Peter Apps/File photo Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, will break ranks with its southern African neighbors and not support bids at an upcoming U.N. conference to allow … Full Story →

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Ivory trade mechanism rejected in heated debate at COP17

27 September 2016 | Africa Geographic | Adam Cruise | FREE TO PUBLISH CREDIT CAT

Yesterday Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s recommendation for the adoption of a Decision-Making Mechanism (DMM) for a future trade in ivory was roundly rejected by parties, led by outspoken opponents Burkina Faso, Kenya, Republic of Congo and Chad. Negotiations over the plight of elephants began in controversial style yesterday at the 17th Conference of the Parties … Full Story →

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