Rays of hope emerge for Botswana at CITES

In the news: The conservation of elephants is a highly divisive issue PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI
In the news: The conservation of elephants is a highly divisive issue PIC: MBONGENI MGUNI

The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has recommended that member states reject a proposal to ban elephant trophy hunting in Botswana and her neighbours, a blow to a Western African bloc that is pushing the idea. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

Rays of hope for Botswana and her elephant range neighbours have emerged ahead of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of Parties (CoP) meeting in Panama, where several West African countries are pushing for a ban on the country’s elephant trophy trade.

CITES is an international body binding 183 states to agreements on the trade and protection of endangered plants and animals. The upcoming CoP19, to be held in Panama in November, is CITES’ highest decision-making meeting held every three years where countries frequently clash over proposals to tighten or loosen trade in various animal and plants.

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