Programme Officer, TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa
Research: Build the capacity of Mozambique law enforcement officials to conduct market research, with emphasis on identification skills in marine turtle shell and elephant ivory
Species/Topic: Marine turtles and elephant
Abstract: Market surveys by TRAFFIC in Maputo, Mozambique, have revealed that marine turtle curios and elephant ivory are sold openly in the markets, curio shops and duty free section of Maputo's international airport. No documentation accompanies these transactions, despite the species being listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and their protected status under various international trade conventions and national legislation of range States. TRAFFIC has received anecdotal information that similar trade is ongoing in certain Mozambican tourist-oriented towns such as Pemba, and would like to investigate these claims by conducting market surveys in the town. TRAFFIC further proposes that while conducting market surveys, it uses the opportunity to build capacity amongst the appropriate Mozambican law enforcement officials and conservation groups to conduct such surveys and identify turtle shell and ivory products. In addition, a plan of action to conduct additional surveys and regulate the trade in turtle parts and products, taking livelihood issues into account, will be developed.