Out of the Clinton Global Initiative: a Network for Decisive Action to Protect Elephants
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Reflecting on the completion of our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to save elephants, I realize how privileged I was in 2013 to participate in two seminal meetings in New York City that helped to frame the future direction of this global movement to make sure there is a future in the wild for these incredible creatures.
It had been a year of mourning for elephants, being slaughtered at the rate of 35,000 a year (96 per day) to meet soaring demand for ivory globally. Earlier that spring, a team of researchers led by my WCS colleagues Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels had published their finding that well over 60 percent of Africa's forest elephants had been killed since 2002.
In September 2013, eleven African leaders came together at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to declare that the world must stop selling ivory and close their domestic ivory markets. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.
In July of 2013, WCS worked with Secretary Clinton to call together...
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