Saturday, May 26, 2018
 The CS prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Kenyan delegation after one of the side meetings


The CS prof. Judi Wakhungu and Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Kenyan delegation after one of the side meetings

The CITES COP17 has agreed on the proposal on closing of domestic ivory market. This is an historical moment for Kenya to witness the closing of domestic ivory market. China, who are the lead market to ivory from Kenya have already proposed amendments that will totally strengthen the proposal.

The amendments which were done yesterday, were received with several interjections but it was unfortunate that China had made the decision of wanting to save elephant’s lives. It was a surprise for Kenya to see China supporting strong measures to conserve elephant.

China has further said that their decision for support to close the Ivory Domestic market will mean that there will be no illegal trade and poaching. The elephants are therefore assumed to enjoy the highest standards of protection under conservation.

Domestic trade maintains demand for Ivory and creates opportunities to launder poached Ivory. The proposal would reinforce the message that all ivory trade is detrimental for the survival of elephants.

Participants of CITES COP17 in a meeting

Participants of CITES COP17 in a meeting

The enormous Illicit ivory trade has led to an increase in criminal activities which have seen a third of the continent’s elephants wiped out in the last seven years. Without support for these proposals, Africa’s elephants will continue to decline at an alarming rate.

The Deputy Director for Species Conservation management with KWS, Mr. Patrick Omondi took the lead in presenting the proposal on domestic market at the CITES COP17 in South Africa.

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