Dead or Alive? Valuing an elephant: new report

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Subject: Dead or Alive? Valuing an elephant: new report

Colleagues,

Dead or Alive? Valuing an elephant:

http://iworry.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Dead-or-Alive-Final-LR.pdf

When a young elephant dies at the hands of an ivory poacher, according to a recent report, the commercial loss to the tourism industry is more than $1.6 million–­–the amount the animal would have contributed to the economy had it lived a full and happy life.

The report, published by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s (DSWT) “iworry” wildlife awareness campaign, describes the tremendous value that an elephant adds to tourism over many decades. It compares this to the relatively small one-off sum of $21,000 that ivory traders earn from the tusks­ of an elephant.

Best, Paul

Paul Harrison
Regional Technical Advisor
Ecosystems and Biodiversity UNDP-GEF
Global Advisor on Wildlife Enforcement
United Nations Development Programme
Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
P. O. Box 60130, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
E-mail: paul.harrison
Tel: +44 (0)7739 803 704 UK
Tel: +251(0)937769573 Ethiopia
Tel: +254 (0) 714 635 334 Kenya
Tel: +255 (0)786 524 051 Tanzania
Website: www.undp.org
Skype: harrisonpj | Twitter: @ProtectWild

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