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Botswana’s elephants poaching crisis is all too real, leaving no room for head-in-the-sand denials

The past few years have seen Botswana hailed as a global leader in conservation, so the Government’s recent response to the 2018 Aerial Survey of Elephants and Wildlife in northern Botswana conducted by Elephants Without Borders – and the subsequent vilification of director/founder Dr Mike Chase – is both baffling and disappointing.

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Hanoi Statement: Political talk worth little without action

THE Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade opened with an inspirational call by the Duke of Cambridge for greater action to end illegal wildlife trade but the statement adopted at the end of the day is a long way from reflecting the urgency of the current situation

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Unpacking CITES CoP17: The wins and the losses

After years of anticipation, months of preparation and two hectic weeks in South Africa, the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) draws to a close. Here's a summary of some of the key outcomes of the conference

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Botswana’s historic break from pro-ivory trade bloc

Botswana made a clear statement against ivory trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species when it announced it would voluntarily relinquish Appendix II status for its own elephants to support up-listing all African elephants to the much tougher Appendix I