Countries urged to regulate illegal ivory trade
African savanna elephants (Loxodanta africana africana). Two young bulls play fighting in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
The CITES meeting cautioned 22 countries for failure to properly regulate the illegal ivory trade, and eight countries are required to implement timebound plans to deal with this trade and report back to CITES by 2014. Failure to effectively address the illegal trade may mean trade sanctions are imposed preventing a country trading in any of the 35,000 species ranging from orchids to crocodile skins which are regulated by CITES.
With the help of its partner TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring organization - WWF will check progress on whether these countries are moving to effectively regulate the illegal trade which poses a particular threat to the forest elephant of central Africa often found close to war zones and areas of civil unrest.