International Trafficking in Endangered Species
The CoP17 meeting was not the first time that international attention was drawn to threats to mpingo. In 1994 a proposal
for a CITES listing for Dalbergia melanoxylon was submitted by Kenya and Germany, but because there was insufficient information
about the tree and regulation of its trade met with opposition from commercial interests, it was withdrawn. Unfortunately
in the years since, Africa has come under increased threat, targeted by many criminal cartels which have taken advantage
of the expanding economic potential of rising middle classes in Asia and China. Their illegal activities have decimated
exotic timbers and wildlife species in numerous areas. African nations, many of which are the poorest in the world. suffer
from lack of infrastructure in their wildlife and wooded areas and its poverty-stressed populations can be vulnerable to such
criminal elements. Ironically few Africans have profited to any large extent compared to those in countries where the illegal
products are used and traded.
The decisions reached by CoP17 were based on 175 meticulously researched reports submitted by member nations. Each pertains to the conservation status of a species in question for review. Three of the reports partially focus on Dalbergia melanoxylon and, since the species has been so infrequently studied, for the interested researcher they are a good compilation of what is presently known about the tree. Click the PDF icon to access these files.
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