Botswana, Namibia to defend position on ivory sales

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by VICTOR BAATWENG
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:00

Botswana and Namibia will this week defend the Kenyan and Malian proposals to extend the sale of Ivory from nine years to 20 years at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference, which is ongoing in Doha.

The Minister of Wildlife, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Kitso Mokaila told a group of journalists at a press conference last week that the Botswana government is totally opposed to Kenya’s plans of a 20-year moratorium on ivory trading.

Kenya announced last month that it will push for the amendment of the current annotation on the sale of Ivory. The East African nation will during this convention propose that the selling window be lifted from the agreed nine-year period and extended to a [continue reading]

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