Elephant in the Room: CITES and African Elephants

The international community has been unable to put into place adequate safeguards to manage the trade, which has triggered the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory, fueled smuggling, and provided a cover for laundering. The mood of CITES parties in recent years has been to keep commercial international ivory trade closed. The success of the SDGs, the Global Biodiversity Framework, and the Paris Agreement on climate change is inextricably linked to the survival of Africa’s elephants.