(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 23 – A summit in the tourist resort of Hwange opened today in Zimbabwe to examine the management of elephants. This was reported by the BBC, explaining that several countries are pushing for the lifting of the ban on the ivory trade.
Zimbabwe, Botswana and other nations are demanding the right to sell stocks of ivory, to be used to protect the growing elephant population. In fact, in 1989 the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prohibited the sale of ivory, mainly destined for China, in order to combat poaching.
Africa is home to around 415,000 elephants, the largest population in the world. Zimbabwe says its ivory stocks, worth some $ 600 million, would increase conservation efforts, which are currently underfunded. (HANDLE).
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