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CITES COP19: Stopping ivory from leaking onto illegal market

CITES COP19: Stopping ivory from leaking onto illegal market

By EnviroNews Nigeria The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation (EPIF) highlighted its pioneering work across Africa in securing stockpiles of ivory and other wildlife products at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) holding in Panama City, Panama. “We are helping 15 African governments to keep their ivory safe,” said the EPIF’s Director of Government Relations, Dr Winnie Kiiru. “This means less ivory leaking onto the illegal market, which in turn means less ivory being traded, and, ultimately,...

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Hunting elephants, rhinos and pangolins for trade may affect climate, says UN paper; here is how

Hunting elephants, rhinos and pangolins for trade may affect climate, says UN paper; here is how

By Rajat Ghai, Down to Earth  Illegal wildlife trade (IWT), which poses a grave risk to several plant, animal and fungi species globally, should not just be viewed from the lens of conservation. It also has cascading impacts on ecosystem functions and processes that affect the climate, according to a recently released paper by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The focus on treating IWT as a direct cause harm to species’ survival has so far dominated policy debates. This has, however, meant that policy debates “have overlooked the effects of IWT on ecosystem services...

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India’s U-turn on decades of strong anti-ivory advocacy alarms conservationists

India’s U-turn on decades of strong anti-ivory advocacy alarms conservationists

By Namita Singh, The Independent  An unprecedented decision by India to abstain from a recent vote to re-open the commercial sale of African elephant tusks has alarmed experts who fear that any change in the country’s decades-old anti-ivory advocacy will lead to a softened stance against the international trade of ivory. On 18 November, Zimbabwe tabled a proposal during the ongoing conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Panama, to seek controlled trade in ivory from the country and its neighbours, Namibia, Botswana and...

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Kenya Loses Another Iconic Elephant Nicknamed ‘Lugard’

Kenya Loses Another Iconic Elephant Nicknamed ‘Lugard’

By Maureen Njeri, Kenyans.co.ke A male elephant nicknamed Lugard passed away weeks after the death of another iconic female one, Dida.  The iconic elephant died of old age, according to an announcement made by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Thursday, November 24.  "It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of Tsavo’s iconic and majestic Super Tuskers named Lugard," KWS stated. Lugard, one of Kenya's Super Tuskers, reportedly died on November 21, 2022, at the Tsavo West National Park. While making his rounds around the park, conservation officer and pilot, Joseph...

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