Proposals 4, 5, and 6: African elephant

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African elephants on the move.
© WWF-Canon / Martin Harvey

Proposal: 4
Proponents: Botswana and Namibia
Summary of Proposal: Maintenance of the populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in Appendix II, with the replacement of all existing annotations with the following annotation:

  1. "The establishment of annual export quotas for trade in raw ivory… in accordance with Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP12);
  2. Trade in raw ivory is restricted to trading partners that have been certified by the Secretariat, in consultation with the Standing Committee, to have sufficient national legislation and domestic trade controls to ensure that the imported ivory will not be re-exported and will be managed in accordance with the requirements of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP12) concerning manufacturing and trade; and
  3. The proceeds of the trade in raw ivory are to be used exclusively for elephant conservation and community development programmes."

 

 

 

WWF position OPPOSE
  Why is WWF opposing this proposal?
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 6 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)


Proposal: 5
Proponent: Botswana
Summary of Proposal: Amendment of the annotation to the population of Botswana to read as follows:

"For the exclusive purpose of allowing in the case of the population of Botswana:

  1. trade in hunting trophies for non-commercial purposes;
  2. trade in hides for commercial purposes;
  3. trade in leather goods for commercial purposes;
  4. trade in live animals for commercial purposes to appropriate and acceptable destinations (and as determined by the national legislation of the country of import);
  5. trade annually in registered stocks of raw ivory (whole tusks and pieces of not more than 8 tonnes) of Botswana origin owned by the Government of Botswana for commercial purposes only with trading partners that have been certified by the Secretariat, in consultation with the Standing Committee, to have sufficient national legislation and domestic trade controls to ensure that the imported ivory will not be re-exported and will be managed in accordance with the requirements of Res Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP12) concerning manufacturing and trade; and
  6. trade in registered stocks of raw ivory (whole tusks and pieces of not more than 40 tonnes) of Botswana origin owned by the Government for commercial purposes on a one-off sale immediately after the adoption of the proposal. Botswana will trade only with trading partners that have been certified by the Secretariat, in consultation with the Standing Committee, to have sufficient national legislation and domestic trade controls to ensure that the imported ivory will not be re-exported and will be managed in accordance with the requirements of Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP12) concerning manufacturing and trade."
WWF position Trophies, hides and leather goods: SUPPORT
  Commercial trade in live animals: PENDING further clarifications or amendments by the government of Botswana
  Annual export quota of ivory: OPPOSE
  One-off sale in ivory: CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
  Why is WWF supporting some and opposing other parts of this proposal?
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 7 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)


Proposal: 6
Proponents: Kenya and Mali
Summary of Proposal: A. Amendment of the annotation regarding the populations of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa to:

a) include the following provision: "No trade in raw or worked ivory shall be permitted for a period of 20 years except for:

  1. raw ivory exported as hunting trophies for non-commercial purposes; and
  2. ivory exported pursuant to the conditional sale of registered government-owned ivory stocks agreed at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties"; and

b) remove the following provision:
"6) trade in individually marked and certified ekipas incorporated in finished jewellery for non-commercial purposes for Namibia".

B. Amendment of the annotation regarding the population of Zimbabwe to read:

"For the exclusive purpose of allowing:

  1. export of live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations;
  2. export of hides; and
  3. export of leather goods for non-commercial purposes.
All other specimens shall be deemed to be specimens of species included in Appendix I and the trade in them shall be regulated accordingly.
No trade in raw or worked ivory shall be permitted for a period of 20 years.

To ensure that where a) destinations for live animals are to be appropriate and acceptable and/or b) the purpose of the import is to be non-commercial, export permits and re-export certificates may be issued only after the issuing Management Authority has received, from the Management Authority of the State of import, a certification to the effect that: in case a), in analogy to Article III, paragraph 3 (b) of the Convention, the holding facility has been reviewed by the competent Scientific Authority, and the proposed recipient has been found to be suitably equipped to house and care for the animals; and/or in case b), in analogy to Article III, paragraph 3 (c), the Management Authority is satisfied that the specimens will not be used for primarily commercial purposes."
WWF position OPPOSE
  Why is WWF opposing this proposal?
For WWF's full position, including the rationale and further information, please see page 8 in WWF Positions CITES COP14. Download PDF (3.6 MB | 48 pages)

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