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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.

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