CITES ok's the sale of Ivory from stockpiles in Africa. I think this is absolutely awesome! The sale has brought about a ton of controversy because the thought was that the sale of Ivory would effect the black market in Ivory trade. Now these stockpiles can flood the market and drive down the prices of illegally traded ivory and the money from the stockpiles will be put into trust funds for wildlife conservation in those areas. Attached is the text from the CITES decision on this matter.CITES is very important to watch and learn from. If you want to learn about international trade, international hunting issues, check out the CITES website!
Elephants – Conditions for the disposal of ivory stocks and generating resources
for conservation in African elephant range States
Directed to Parties
a) The African elephant range States recognize:
b) Accordingly, the African elephant range States agree that all revenues from any purchase of stockpiles by donor countries and organizations will be deposited in and managed through conservation trust funds, and that:
c) It is understood that this decision provides for a one-off purchase for non-commercial purposes of government stocks declared by African elephant range States to the CITES Secretariat within the 90-day period before the transfer to Appendix II of certain populations of the African elephant takes effect. The ivory stocks declared should be marked in accordance with the ivory marking system approved by the Conference of the Parties in Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP12). In addition, the source of ivory stocks should be given. The stocks of ivory should be consolidated in a pre-determined number of locations. An independent audit of any declared stocks shall be undertaken under the auspices of TRAFFIC International, in cooperation with the CITES Secretariat.
d) The African elephant range States that have not yet been able to register their ivory stocks and develop adequate controls over ivory stocks require priority assistance from donor countries to establish a level of conservation management conducive to the long-term survival of the African elephant.
e) The African elephant range States therefore urge that this matter be acted upon urgently since any delays will result in illegal trade and the premature opening of ivory trade in non-proponent range States.
f) This mechanism only applies to those range States wishing to dispose of ivory stocks and agreeing to and participating in: