Africa and ivory – it’s not just about insurgents

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Those who have seen the Kathryn Bigelow film, The Last Days, should read this to get a sense of perspective. Rebels and insurgent groups are only part of the picture, crime and political corruption are major factors. KS
Mail and Guardian

The threat to Africa’s remaining elephants from the illegal ivory trade is diverse and increasingly dangerous. In some parts of Central Africa, the elephant’s long-term future is in serious doubt. The rate of killing is increasing and the threat comes from several quarters, making it harder to understand and combat.

These points were highlighted in the report by the Environmental Investigation Agency, which noted that official visits to Tanzania in March 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping and by a Chinese naval task force in December last year created a boom in illegal ivory sales and prices doubled to $700 a kilogram. The Tanzanian and Chinese governments have dismissed…

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