In Central Africa, Chinese have taken control over ivory trafficking

A new study , conducted by the NGO Traffic, shows that Asian traffickers have taken full control of illegal ivory trade in Central Africa. Published on Thursday, September 7, it shows that the Chinese manage the traffic of forests to their shops, where they resell their products.
Whereas between 2002 and 2011 the number of elephants has dropped by more than 60%, traffickers have become established in the networks. And today, they either fully control all the workings of these companies, or they replace these networks.
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The survey, which was conducted in the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was carried out over two periods between 2007 and 2009 and between 2014 and 2015. Stéphane Ringuet, one of the authors of the study states that "with the exception of Kinshasa, we have noticed a virtual disappearance of the local markets where ivory was sold. But the traffic has not disappeared, it has simply switched into hiding."
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This decrease in trade is due to the adoption of several laws against the sale or increase of controls. But the main reason is due to the arrival of the Chinese on this traffic, and their gradual seizure which is now total. In fact, the study reports that some sculptors can no longer afford to buy their supplies because of the very high price increases, especially in the DRC between 2009 and 2015, from $ 145 to $ 500 ( 121 € to 418 €).
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Their takeover is due to a strong investment, with the creation of workshops with Chinese artisans who produce objects that can satisfy the needs of the population: "Before, Ivory traffic served a domestic market that fed an economy local. This is no longer the case today where African actors tend to be short-circuited. The added financial value of this traffic is certainly greater to Asians than to Africans. Contraband can not thrive without a good deal of local corruption and collusion."
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They have also seen that corruption is very present in this traffic, in order to obtain some advantages, and that, in all the countries that they studied. Whether senior officials, Justice and Defense are also concerned. For the moment, the international mobilization and the means deployed have not been enough to stop the extinction of the elephants in Central Africa. However, as Stéphane Ringuet explains, the recent opening of China to the various interpellations of the defenders of animals and NGOs is starting to have results. Indeed, Beijing has ensured to close the ivory market by the end of the year.

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