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Ivory: Smuggling

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist African countries to tackle the illegal ivory trade. (295496)

The Government support initiatives to improve enforcement under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). They have provided support over several years to the CITES programmes: MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) and ETIS (Elephant Trade Information System). The latter monitors the illegal trade in ivory and elephant products.