Taiwan’s announced its plan to ban its domestic ivory trade starting on 1 January 2020.
This follows similar changes in policy from Mainland China, the US and Hong Kong: three of the world’s largest ivory trade market.
These new policies demonstrate the political momentum building to implement strong ivory trade bans, with the U.K. also recently joining efforts to protect the African elephant populations.
China closed its legal ivory market at the end of 2017. All ivory trade in the country is now illegal.
However, there is evidence that domestic ivory markets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Japan, and Myanmar are increasingly filling the gap filled by China.
Around 20,000 African elephants are poached annually, primarily due to demand for ivory coming principally from Asia. In the last decade, African elephant populations have declined by over 20%.