|Published : 23 Sep 2016, 17:25:19|
Extra global protection for elephants could backfire: Experts
The UN body that oversees trade in endangered species, says it will oppose efforts to increase global protection for elephants, reports BBC.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, known as Cites, begins a key meeting this weekend with many African countries are pushing for stronger safeguards for elephants.
It's estimated that around 20,000 are killed each year for their tusks.
But Cites says that tougher rules could backfire and boost the trade in ivory.
Every three years, teams of officials from all the member states meet for the Cites Conference of the Parties (COP).
This is the major decision making body for the UN organisation that regulates trade in endangered species of flora and fauna for 183 members.
Cites works by classifying these species into one of three appendices with different levels of protection and different rules on trade.