Thursday, July 18, 2024

Govt retreats from threat to quit CITES

Six months after threatening to pull out of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the government of Botswana has climbed down from its promise to withdraw from the lateral treaty if it is barred from selling its ivory stockpile.

This comes several months after a coalition of more than 50 conservation groups issued a joint statement calling on governments and policymakers to block plans by Botswana and other southern African countries to resume the ivory trade.

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