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China, Tanzania and the blood ivory blacklist
In November of last year the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released a damning report that shows Tanzania as a key player in the illegal ivory trade. In 2013, the East African country reportedly lost 10,000 elephants, equivalent to 30 a day. The poaching is due to a toxic mix of unlawful syndicates, often led by Chinese nationals, and corruption among some Tanzanian government officials.
Action on the part of either the Chinese or Tanzanian government remains to be determined.
“We clearly believe that problems remain in Tanzania and China,” say Allan Thornton, Founder of EIA. “But we do believe we got the attention of the most senior members of government in both countries by the worldwide media attention that report got.”
In particular the intention of that report was to detail the extensive networks created by the criminal syndicates from China within Tanzania, particularly in Zanzibar. On the other hand there is evidence of really good police work in Dar Es Salaam that lead to the bust of a Chinese syndicate where they found two tonnes of ivory last year.
“There are many good people in both China and Tanzania that want to help to protect the elephants and the rhinos, and other endangered species,” adds Thornton. “Our goal is to work with those people and support them however we can.”
* Read 'Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants' at eia-international.org/reports/vanishing-point-criminality-corruption-and-the-devastation-of-tanza...
EIA’s intention is to encourage the governments in Tanzania and China to take meaningful action to eliminate the illegal ivory trade. In the case of the report, the ivory dealers in Tanzania who claimed to have sold thousands of kilos of ivory to Chinese diplomatic delegations have been active for almost a decade.
“We haven’t heard of any consequence against them for making those statements to us. It’s not rocket science to track down and identify these key players. As noted in that report, the President of Tanzania was given a key list of players in the ivory trade in 2012, and so we still hope President Kikwete will take action against the big fish. And we also hope the President of China will take action to ban the domestic ivory trade. And that is our goal.” explains Thornton.
Read the interview in full at africageographic.com/blog/china-tanzania-and-the-blood-ivory-blacklist/
#China #Tanzania #ivory #elephants
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15 hours ago ·
South Africa: ‘Choppers used as spotters’ in rhino slaying
Cape Town – Three white rhino were found dead on the Tyityaba private game reserve near East London in a poaching attack that may involve professional hunters and the use of helicopters as spotters.
A fourth rhino was wounded and has been treated, but it is not known if it will survive. It is estimated the animals were shot about two weeks ago.
The Green Scorpions and the Hawks were on site yesterday using metal detectors to locate the bullets. All four rhino were shot behind the shoulder, to get a heart shot.
Reserve owner Elvin Krull said yesterday one rhino had been shot twice.
“Their horns had been hacked off – an axe or a panga – their whole heads had been mutilated because they went for the small horn as well. You need a heavy-calibre rifle to shoot a rhino. They need to get the bullets, that’ll be proof of what they used,” Krull said.
Full story at www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/choppers-used-as-spotters-in-rhino-slaying-1.1823651#.V...
Image: White rhino and calf, South Africa, by James Temple ... See MoreSee Less
17 hours ago ·
Mega-rich tycoons control palm oil industry, driving deforestation and social conflict
A small group of mega-rich tycoons exercise huge control over the Indonesian palm oil sector and are directly responsible for human rights abuses, land grabbing, social conflict and deforestation, warns a new report.
The report by Transformasi untuk Keadilan (Transformation for Justice) and Profundo profiles 25 corporations dominating the sector and the families behind them. It finds that while forests get destroyed and communities are losing their land, “tycoons park their growing wealth in tax havens and continue to strengthen their grip on the sector without sufficient transparency and public control.”
An English summary of the report is at tuk.or.id/file/Summary%20of%20the%20tycoon%20study%20TuK%20INDONESIA%20.pdf
It argues that research is needed into the “strong ties” of the tycoons with political parties and governments at different levels, warning that “their growing power could also be linked to issues like corruption, tax evasion and the poor functioning of democracy”.
The report also highlights the huge role played by the British bank HSBC in bankrolling deforestation. It reveals that, between 2009-14, HSBC provided more loans to the tycoon-controlled palm oil groups than any other bank.
EIA has previously highlighted the failings in HSBC’s internal safeguards that mean these loans have contributed directly to the destruction of orangutan habitats in Indonesia - www.eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/EIA-Banking-on-Extinction-FINAL-lo-res.pdf
The report argues that such financial institutions need to strengthen their safeguards to ensure that they are not “facilitating the further growth of human rights abuses, land grabbing and social conflicts”.
In December 2014, EIA released a report revealing the role of palm oil companies in driving illegal logging as a consequence of corrupt and illegal practices in acquiring land from local governments. The companies profiled in this report control vast areas of land but are not named among the 25 tycoon-controlled firms.
Further research is needed into the role these opaque, 'undercover tycoons' play in driving deforestation, corruption and rights abuses away from the glare of publicity. Read our report at eia-international.org/reports/permitting-crime-how-palm-oil-expansion-drives-illegal-logging-in-i...
#Indonesia #palmoil #corruption
Image: Surviving orangutan, Bumitama plantation, Indonesia (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
18 hours ago ·