Using DNA to track the origin of the largest ivory seizure since the 1989 trade ban

Using DNA to track the origin of the largest ivory seizure since the 1989 trade

The illegal ivory trade recently intensified to the highest levels ever reported. Policing this trafficking has been hampered by the inability to reliably determine geographic origin of contraband ivory. Ivory can be smuggled across multiple international borders and along numerous trade routes, making poaching hotspots and potential trade routes difficult to identify. This also makes it difficult to refute a country's denial of poaching problems. We extend an innovative DNA assignment method to determine the geographic origin(s) of large elephant ivory seizures.

Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu,Direktorin Frankreich und frankophones Afrika
Direktorin Frankreich und frankophones Afrika
Mitglied des IFAW-Elefantenteams
IFAW-Elefantenexpertin
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regionaldirektorin Asien
Regionaldirektorin Asien
James Isiche, Regionaldirektor Ostafrika
Regionaldirektor Ostafrika
Jason Bell, Programmdirektor Elefanten, Regionaldirektor Südliches Afrika
Programmdirektor Elefanten, Regionaldirektor Südafrika
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Direktor Internationale Natur- und Umweltschutzabkommen
Direktor Internationale Natur- und Umweltschutzabkommen
Vivek Menon, Regionaldirektor Südasien
Regionaldirektor Südasien