In its report to CITES in 2013, the Elephant Trade Information System
, mandated to track the illegal ivory trade since 1997, noted that in the previous three years, "Kenya and Tanzania have rapidly ascended to become the two most prominent countries connecting African ivory with Asian demand." It said this represented "a major shift in trade routes, with the East African subregion eclipsing the Central/West African Atlantic Ocean seaports."
Globally, the vast majority of illegal ivory seizures by weight are of the raw material, according to Cites' Elephant Trade Information System
database, documents on the Cites website show -- more than 90 per cent in 2011.
The two nations made up almost two-thirds of all large shipments of ivory seized across the entire continent from 2009-2011, according to the Elephant Trade Information System
(ETIS), a tracking database run by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
But data from the Elephant Trade Information System
(ETIS) shows that is is implicated as the destination in four large seizures, totalling four tonnes of ivory, made between 2009 and 2011.
The Elephant Trade Information System
(ETIS) says that there has been a steady increase in levels of illicit ivory trade as from 2004 onwards, with an exceptionally sharp upsurge in 2009.
Kuala Lumpur, Sep 3(ANI): Malaysia has been identified as a' country of concern' for being a major transit point for illegal elephant tusk trade, according to the Elephant Trade Information System
In a forthcoming paper in the journal Ecological Economics, Moyle analyzed ivory seizure data from the Elephant Trade Information System
, a CITES-affiliated database.
"Thailand has consistently been identified as one of the world's top five countries most heavily implicated in the illicit ivory trade, but shows little sign of addressing outstanding issues," said Tom Milliken, of TRAFFIC, which oversees a global monitoring programme, the Elephant Trade Information System
(ETIS), for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Zimbabwe-based Tom Milliken, who manages TRAFFIC's Elephant Trade Information System
, says the poaching is a consequence of China's investment drive into Africa to secure the resources it needs to fuel its economic growth.