Business as Usual: A review of the regulatory systems in Japan to control domestic trade in elephant ivory

Business as Usual: A review of the regulatory systems in Japan to control domest

The objective of this review is to re-examine the regulatory framework of Japan's domestic trade control over elephant ivory tusks and their products, as well as to deliver recent findings and new perspectives to the discussions at SC54, where Japan is proposing itself to be a designated a "trading partner" for the one-off ivory stockpile sales conditionally agreed in Santiago in 2002. A fact-finding trip in August/September 2006 was made by the author to collate the latest available information from relevant government agencies, NGOs that have engaged in this issue and other stakeholders in Japan.

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