Zambia still wants to sell Ivory

Zambia has started lobbying for support for a planned fresh proposal to relax a trade ban on elephants to allow for a one-off sale of its 21-tonne ivory stockpile.

Tourism Minister, Catherine Namugala told ZNBC that Zambia planned to re-submit its bid in 2013 after its earlier proposal was rejected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) last March.

Ms. Namugala said Zambia was likely to raise about 1 million U.S. dollars from the sale of its ivory stockpile, mostly from elephants that died from natural causes.

The 175-nation meeting voted down Zambia and Tanzania’s claims that elephant numbers were rising and had become a danger to people in rural areas.

Ms. Namugala said there was very little knowledge about the plight of people co-existing with elephants in Zambia.

She said Zambia would lobby countries like Kenya, which opposed its proposal this year and that the country will also talk to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to make them understand that it was also interested in conserving elephants

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