Approximately 30,000 elephants in Africa are slaughtered for their ivory – every year. The results of the Great Elephant Census published in August 2016 provide the shocking proof: between 2007 and 2014, African elephant numbers plummeted by 30 per cent. A dramatic collapse, which can be traced back to the insatiable global thirst for ivory.
Poaching has reached a level of intensity unseen for 40 years. Without taking steps to end the ivory trade, elephants will have vanished from vast swathes of their natural habitat in merely 15 years.
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For 40 years, Fondation Franz Weber has been fighting on the front line to protect the African elephant and ensure its survival. This can only be achieved by implementing a complete trade ban on ivory. Since 1989, Fondation Franz Weber has held observer status at the UN’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The expert team at FFW is an influential voice in decisions made at CITES, signifying huge strides in the battle to protect elephants.
It also supports the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) on a scientific, logistical and financial basis. The AEC is a consortium of 30 African countries, which aims to achieve a healthy and viable elephant population free from the threats of the international ivory trade.