The Trade in Wildlife: Regulation for Conservation

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* Regulation of the international trade in wildlife is failing: Why?
* How do we stop more and more plant and animal species from being endangered?
* Leading authorities in the field show why it is not working and what needs to be done
The regulation of the trade in wildlife is failing: increasing numbers of plant and animal species are threatened with extinction despite improvements in our understanding and the management of global trade. Understanding why, and what to do about it, is urgently needed.

This book provides a critical assessment of how the trade in wildlife is currently regulated and how those regulations are enforced. Through analysis of case studies and comparisons with the trade in other illegal goods, it shows what the weaknesses are, where the system is failing and what must be done if conservation efforts are to be supported by trade regulations, and not undermined.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853839597
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 232

Meet the Author

Sara Oldfield is Global Programs Director at Flora & Fauna International, one of the world's leading conservation organizations.

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
About the Contributors
Pt. 1 Background
1 The nature and extent of legal and illegal trade in wildlife 3
2 What is the goal of regulating wildlife trade? Is regulation a good way to achieve this goal? 23
3 Regulatory design 33
4 Regulation, conservation and incentives 41
5 Control and the Holy Grail 52
Pt. 2 Systems of regulation and enforcement
6 Compliance and enforcement mechanisms of CITES 63
7 The European Community wildlife trade regulations 70
8 Evolution, impact and effectiveness of domestic wildlife trade bans in India 78
Pt. 3 Case studies
9 Regulation and protection: successes and failures in rhinoceros conservation 89
10 Elephant poaching and resource allocation for law enforcement 100
11 Crocodiles: legal trade snaps back 108
12 Regulation of the timber trade 121
13 Bushmeat: traditional regulation or adaptation to market forces 132
14 The impact of the proposal to list devil's claw on Appendix II of CITES 146
15 The need for a better understanding of context when applying CITES regulations: the case of an Indonesian parrot - Tanimbar corella 153
Pt. 4 Lessons from illegal trade in other goods
16 Lessons from the control of the illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, timber and fisheries 163
17 The controlled trade in drugs 179
18 Lessons from the trade in illicit antiquities 184
Conclusions: Looking ahead - international wildlife trade regulation and enforcement 196
Index 205
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