A Decade of National Ivory Action Plans – Where do we go from here? CoP19

It’s called the National Ivory Action Plan (NIAP) and was designed to improve elephants chances of survival from illegal killing.

Parties to CITES ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) are identified for inclusion in the NIAP if they have worrying levels of poaching and/or illegal ivory trade and are required to develop action plans to counter these criminal activities. But the process has serious flaws which, rather than protecting dwindling elephant populations, threaten their long-term existence.