Analysis of the Chinese Ivory Registration and Certification System

1 Analysis of the Chinese Ivory Registration and Certification System

Conclusions:

  • Loopholes compounded by lack of enforcement resources and capacities mean that China's system and its implementation are far from adequate despite the Chinese Government's commitment to the issue.
  • IFAW therefore disagrees with the Secretariat’s conclusion that China's ivory trade control system meets the conditions required under CITES.
  • Since China is the single largest market for ivory in the world, it is too important a market to assume that the system is "demonstrably effective", as suggested by the Secretariat.

Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia