Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New report identifies actions needed to curb illegal ivory and rhino horn trade

A new report by the wildlife monitoring network TRAFFIC has identified actions needed to curtail illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking before it is too late.

The assessment identified capacity gaps and key intervention points in countries combating wildlife trafficking. Their recommendations included developing coordinated, specialised intelligence units to disrupt organised criminal networks and improving training, law enforcement technology, and monitoring judiciary processes at key locations in Africa and Asia.

Between 1998 and 2011 illegal trade in ivory has increased by nearly 300 per cent while the illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s and according to the report “the fundamental trade dynamic now lies between Africa and Asia.”

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