Tagged: economics of wildlife trade

No, the Ivory Trade in Australia and NZ is not “thriving” - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2016

One can always tell when the parties to the CITES convention are meeting, or just about to meet.  Numerous NGOs start promoting their views and solutions to the problem to the media. It came as no great surprise to read this in today’s Stuff webpage “A first-ever comprehensive investigation into the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Australian … Read More

Sustainable Trade in Wildlife Symposium - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 29, 2015

The reason there has not been a lot of photos of seascapes of late, is I’ve been out of the country. Again.  The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, and the International Trade Center, organised the symposium for the 18th and 19th of June.  I was presenting as one of the keynote speakers. It was somewhat fortunate that the first … Read More

Wildlife Trade Symposium- Call for papers - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 10, 2015

The School of Anthropology and Conservation a the University of Kent has put out a call for abstracts.  I’m intending to go :). It is for a 2-day symposium entitled “Towards a sustainable and legal wildlife trade” on Thursday, 18th June and Friday, 19th June, 2015 at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The outline … Read More

Singapore makes second largest seizure of illegal raw ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 09, 2015

Singapore customs has reported a seizure of 1099 tusks and pieces of raw ivory.  This is the second largest seizure they have made since 2002, when six tonnes was intercepted (a reminder that poaching is not technically a recent problem) .  The ivory is reported to have been packed into 65 gunny sacks.  They are being discrete on the … Read More

Of Ivory, Gold and Silver - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Mar 03, 2015

It is a persistent problem with the illegal ivory market, is we don’t have actual records of how much is being sold.  It is difficult to determine what the size of the market for carvings, what proportion are new carvings from recently poached ivory, what percentage are fake ivory, and what percentage is older carvings being resold.  One thing our … Read More

The Hangzhou Meeting: Combating the Illegal Demand For Ivory - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 12, 2015

Reducing the illegal demand in ivory is an important strategy to bring elephant poaching in Africa down to sustainable levels.  With that in mind, the CITES Secretariat and the CITES Management Authority of China organised a workshop in Hangzhou.  This was held over the the 28 and 29th of January.  As I’ve previously posted, I was there presenting some … Read More

To Dunedin! On an ivory quest! - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2014

Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away.  But essentially, if you do … Read More

Lost at sea: Impressions of Leonardo’s Sailors - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 13, 2014

One day someone might write a useful review of the economics of wildlife trade.  Nadal and Aguayo’s “Leonardo’s Sailors” is simply not it.  The tragedy is that an opportunity has been squandered.  Economic models of wildlife trade and poaching have lagged behind policy issues.  They are simplistic. As yet they offer only limited guidance on the policy issues we … Read More

Ivory- it’s a business - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 02, 2014

The first of the papers I’ve written on the illegal trade in ivory has appeared.  It’s in the journal Ecological Economics. This is some research informed by work in China but also from data outside there.  It’s about some of the macro-drivers of poaching and partly explains why poaching did surge after 2009. One of these drivers is shipping … Read More

The next project: Tracking tusk throughput - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 07, 2014

While I think the evidence points to the volumes of poached ivory being sent to Asia is being stockpiled, others are convinced otherwise.  There is a theory that this poached ivory is being made into carvings to be sold to unscrupulous consumers.  One potential pathway for this is the legal factories.  The legal factories (36 of these) could be using … Read More

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