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, Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Directeur Frankrijk en Franstalig Afrika
Olifantendeskundige voor het IFAW
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regiodirecteur Azië
Regiodirecteur Azië
James Isiche, Regiodirecteur Oost-Afrika
Regiodirecteur Oost-Afrika
Regiodirecteur Zuidelijk Afrika / Hoofd Programma Olifanten
Regiodirecteur Zuidelijk Afrika / Hoofd Programma Olifanten
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Hoofd Programma’s
Hoofd Internationale Milieuverdragen
Vivek Menon, regiodirecteur Zuid-Azië
Regiodirecteur Zuid-Azië