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Monday, November 04, 2002

At the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Cop12) currently being held in Santiago, Chile the African elephant range States have reached a consensus on permitting a strictly regulated form of raw ivory trade from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Kenya was not able to join the consensus.

Kenya + India had submitted a proposal to CITES for a continuation of the ban on ivory trade. Kenya also expressed concerns about illegal killing of elephants and illegal ivory trade and noted that two monitoring systems for tracking such activities are not yet fully operational.

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa + Zimbabwe have agreed to export a total stock of 70 tonnes of raw ivory under a series of very strict conditions. Subsequent annual export quotas can only be established after the monitoring systems provide feedback and they have been authorized at a meeting of the African elephant range States.