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, Directrice France et Afrique francophone
Directrice France et Afrique francophone
Faye Cuevas, Directrice des opérations
Directrice des opérations, Fonds international pour la protection des animaux
Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director
Directrice régionale Asie
James Isiche, Directeur régional Afrique de l’Est
Directeur régional Afrique de l’Est
Vice-président des Opérations internationales
Vice-président des Opérations internationales
Jason Bell, Vice President for International Operations
Vice President for International Operations
Rikkert Reijnen, Responsable de campagne pour IFAW aux Pays-Bas
Directeur du programme criminalité faunique
Vivek Menon, Directeur du Wildlife Trust of India, partenaire d'IFAW
Directeur du Wildlife Trust of India, partenaire d'IFAW