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Yaound - Sophisticated international trafficking of ivory in central Africa is being fuelled by high levels of corruption, according to a report recently published.

The study by wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are seriously undermining efforts to control ivory trafficking throughout Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.

It found that ivory trade in the region is shifting from an open domestic retail market to underground transactions, with a focus on the export of raw ivory to foreign markets, especially China.

To read more on News 24:

http://www.news24.com/Green/News/corruption-fuelling-ivory-trade-in-central-africa-20170907 

"The 2015 surveys found that more than 80% of the non-African buyers were Asians, especially Chinese but also Malaysians and Vietnamese. Interestingly, Pakistanis, Russians and Ukrainians were also mentioned in DRC and Turks were identified as being increasingly involved in the ivory market in CAR. On the other hand, the percentage of Europeans in the trade has become almost negligible. African buyers, however, seemed to function mainly as middlemen buyers with Asian nationals as their final clients." 

To read the full TRAFFIC report, see below:

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To read the full report copy and paste this link into your browser:

file:///Users/elliotlee/Downloads/Ivory-Markets-Central-Africa-Report_FINAL.pdf

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