Roundtable: Will China's ivory ban work?
China marked the end of 2016 by announcing that it would halt all commercial trade of domestic ivory in 2017, thereby fulfilling a commitment made in the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue in June.
While the announcement is progress for global efforts to ban ivory, it has been criticised for not going far enough to stamp out the black market trade that continues to fuel the slaughter of African elephants. As China is the world’s biggest market for ivory, the impact of new legislation could have a profound effect on the future of elephant conservation. But China’s policymakers will have to overcome some major challenges in implementing the ban.
We asked wildlife protectors and policy experts for their views on the ban.