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28/08/2014

Why securing African ports is the key to containing Illegal ivory Trade.

While there are effectively unlimited numbers of poachers and consumers fueling the lucrative illegal ivory market, a new report suggests that nearly all the ivory shuttled from Africa to Asia—the biggest market—is confined to as few as 200 shipping containers a year.

This "transit or supply chain is the single greatest point of vulnerability in the illicit ivory system," says Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free, an anti-poaching group based in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, the group issued what it calls a "landmark" study on how illegal ivory is moved from Africa
to Asia. Called "Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory," the study was conducted over three months by C4ADS, an NGO that seeks to shed light on global conflict and security issues through research and analysis.

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