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Is Côte d’Ivoire becoming a wildlife trafficking hotspot?


Sonntag, 22 April 2018 16:45 News
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Is Côte d’Ivoire becoming a wildlife trafficking hotspot?

ISS Today- By William Assanvo

12.04.2018

 

Since 2016, Côte d’Ivoire has recorded at least five major wildlife-trafficking events involving seizures and arrests. The most recent was in January, when 578kg of ivory and over half a ton of pangolin scales, leopard skins and other items were seized. According to media reports, the pangolin scales were probably poached and harvested in Côte d’Ivoire, while the elephant tusks came from West, East and Central Africa.

These seizures and arrests were the result of multiple investigations aimed at dismantling networks of wildlife traffickers. The investigations are being carried out by Côte d’Ivoire’s Transnational Organised Crime Unit and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests with assistance from the Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement (EAGLE Network) – a non-governmental organisation that fights wildlife trafficking.

 

Full article available: 

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/is-cote-divoire-becoming-a-wildlife-trafficking-hotspot

 

 

 

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