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Measures to curb ivory trade and protection for manta rays, sharks & Siamese crocodile

Posted: 16 March 2013. Updated: 16 March 2013

African countries given a year to clamp down on ivory trade

Countries failing to tackle the illegal ivory trade, which include Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria and Uganda, have been given a year to clamp down on the trade before summer 2014 or risk sanctions. An Ivory Enforcement Task Force has also been created to improve law enforcement collaboration between countries.

An update on discussions concerning the worst offending countries, including China, Thailand, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, is to follow.

Measures to protect manta rays and sharks remain

Proposals to protect manta rays and Oceanic whitetip, porbeagle and 3 species of hammerhead sharks previously approved last week have been adopted. All species will be granted Appendix II status.

Siamese crocodiles keep Appendix I status

Thailand failed in its proposal to downgrade Siamese crocodiles bred in captivity from Appendix I to Appendix II. Trade in these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. Although more than 700,000 are bred in captivity, there are only 200 individuals in the wild.

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