Category Archives: Illegal Wildlife Trade

The toxic legacy of Tanzania’s ivory

The roots of Tanzania’s ivory poaching crisis are deep and historic By Professor Keith Somerville The recent staggering decline in Tanzania’s elephant numbers, down by 60% in less than ten years (please see previous blog), has horrified conservationists: it demonstrates … Continue reading

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– 60%: a figure that stains Tanzania

Tanzania’s elephants suffer a staggering decline as corruption-driven poaching bites By Professor Keith Somerville, author of Ivory. Power and Poaching in Africa (Hurst, 2016) Tanzania has one of the largest savannah elephant populations in Africa with an estimated 42,871 elephants, … Continue reading

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Ivory Wars

  Joanna Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE) writes: ‘Anyone who believes that China’s recent pledge to ban the ivory trade by the end of 2017 will make a difference to the … Continue reading

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Sorting fact from fiction

Former British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon William Hague, will chair the launch of a joint publication by the Marjan Centre with the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) called ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities’ which … Continue reading

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Unpicking the turtle ‘wars’

With the CITES Conference of Parties (CoP) being held in Johannesburg, much of the focus on transnational wildlife crime is directed towards Africa and Asia; however, wildlife crime is sharply rising in Latin America. The Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), the … Continue reading

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The nature of militarization (3/final)

Does militarisation within conservation work? Clausewitz’s famous dictum of war being an extension of politics by other means applies equally to the ‘militarization’ of counter-poaching. Firstly, the increasing privatisation of counter-poaching inevitably means there is a loosening of controls by … Continue reading

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The nature of ‘militarization’ (2)

‘Shoot-to-kill’ is part of a general criticism of ‘militarization’ in wildlife protection terms that the use of force is synonymous with coercion and violence, and also that ‘militarized’ counter-poaching can be prioritized to the detriment of community-based natural resource management … Continue reading

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The nature of ‘militarization’ (1)

There is a unique strategic conundrum at the heart of the protection of wildlife and the interdiction of illegal wildlife trafficking (IWT): to survive wildlife needs the altruistic engagement of humans to combat the actions of other human beings for … Continue reading

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Russia in Africa: old habits die hard

Wildlife crime and Russia’s African connections: old links leading to new problems? Except they aren’t exactly new problems at all, but the continuation of old ones in new formats. The UK awareness of the significance of the continuing large scale … Continue reading

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Al Shabaab and ivory (2)

By Dr Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. The Elephant Action League report (which claimed that Al Shabaab was heavily involved in ivory trading – please see previous blog-post) was … Continue reading

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