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The Parties to CITES (CoP17), rejected a proposal from nine African nations to upgrade the status of lions. Shutterstock

Lions are better protected, but loopholes mean threats remain

A stronger ban on lion trade by CITES would have helped to lessen some of the threats lions face but it would have not have protected the animals from sport hunting.
Women demonstrate in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley against the export of wild animals from the Maasai Mara National Park. Reuters/Antony Gitonga

Conservation decisions must protect the livelihoods of people living in Africa

In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
The fate of elephants ultimately lies in the hands of humans and a continued ban will not solve the poaching problem. Shutterstock

The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure. A rethink is needed

The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking. Ross Harvey

Explainer: what is CITES and why should we care?

The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.

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