Addressing the elephant in the room: Learning from CITES CoP17

Alfie Christopher Byron Gaffney, Darrick Evensen

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The 17th CITES conference of the parties exhibited a draconian opposition to any trade in ivory. A key component of this opposition was the intergovernmental regime’s consolidation of North-South power differentials through the increased presence and influence of Northern conservation-focused NGOs. Using the example of ivory, this forum article unpacks this dynamic, before advocating for more participatory, decentralised, and polycentric approaches to the global governance of endangered species trade at future CITES CoPs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
JournalGlobal Environmental Politics
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2020


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