Category Archives: Ivory

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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‘White gold’: Kenya’s black tale of greed

The three ‘C’s – commerce, colonialism and criminalisation of indigenous hunting – created the illegal poaching and smuggling networks in Kenya In the first blog on Kenya’s role in the international ivory trade, I concentrated on the current picture and … Continue reading

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Kenya’s criminal ivory tower

Behind the ivory burning and fine words lies corruption and smuggling. (Part 1 of 2). By Professor Keith Somerville, author of recently published ‘Ivory: power and poaching in Africa’. On 30th April 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to over … 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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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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Al Shabaab and ivory (1)

Ivory does not fund Al Shabaab, so why was that message so readily promoted? By Dr Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London Since 2013 several wildlife conservation organisations have promoted … Continue reading

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