Zimbabwe leads SADC fight to sell elephant products
May 6, 2022
Zimbabwe will later this month host a conference comprising of 14 African
states at which the nations are set to come up with one rallying point
pushing for permission to sell elephant products.
The conference, which will be held between May 23 and 25 Hwange, comes at
a time Zimbabwe is seeking profitable means of disposing 100 tonnes of
ivory, worth US$500 million in its stock.
In the past the Zanu PF government has sold the ivory to China and Japan.
Zimbabwe and its counterparts in Southern Africa have struggled to deal
with such stocks as a result of an international agreement against their
trade, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Countries which are signatories to CITES are not permitted to trade in all
“We are going to host an elephant conference with other countries who have
elephants because we want to have one voice,” environment deputy minister
Barbara Rwodzi said.
“We only have a capacity of having 40,000 elephants but because we have
excellent conservation programme, the herd has grown to 90,000 and it’s
causing problems,” Rwodzi said.
Southern Africa is home to 200,000 elephants, half of the total number
still roaming earth.