Elephant Ivory Markets in Central Africa

TRAFFIC, through the USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking Response Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project, the French Government and WWF, has released a new report, Ivory Markets in Central Africa, which reveals how weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are undermining the control of elephant ivory trafficking throughout five countries in Central Africa. During the study, investigators from TRAFFIC visited major cities across Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon in 2007, 2009 and 2014/2015, establishing the first comprehensive assessment of ivory trade in the region in nearly two decades.