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China, Ivory Trade & the Future of Africa’s Elephants: An EIA Briefing

China is seeking approval at the 57th meeting of the standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITEs), in July 2008, to become a CITEs approved ivory trading nation. Specifically, China seeks to import ivory from stockpiles in Botswana, Namibia, south Africa and Zimbabwe to satisfy booming domestic demand. Given the 18-year international ban on international ivory trade, the 12th Conference of the Parties decided in 2002 that a second international auction of ivory from these southern African stockpiles could go ahead but only if a number of conditions had been met.

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Thirty Years Since the International Ivory Ban, Say Goodbye to Ivory Hanko
Around 20,000 elephants have been killed every year in Africa, for the past decade at least, to supply the global trade in ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to end international ivory trade in 1989. This year marks thirty years since the ban entered into effect, on January 18, 1990. Still, why does the poaching continue?
End of an Era: Yahoo! Japan Ceases Ivory Sales
End of an Era: Yahoo! Japan Ceases Ivory Sales

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EIA 2018 Impact Report
In 2018 the Environmental Investigation Agency continued to confront the greatest environmental threats facing the world today. The EIA team pursued, documented and exposed the activities of syndicates that threaten endangered species, damage the climate and ozone layer, and drive the trade in timber stolen from the world’s most important remaining forests.
Transfer Saiga Antelope to CITES Appendix I
Joint briefing for the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES
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