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Thailand lauded for war on ivory smugglers

Thailand lauded for war on ivory smugglers

Thailand has been praised for its achievement in tackling the illegal ivory trade as mandated by Cites, according to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) is an international agreement between governments that aims to monitor the trade of endangered species, and Thailand is one of 183 members.

“This is good news. Thailand does not have to follow the National Ivory Action Plan (NIAP) action plan anymore, but it does mean that we will lower our guard,” said Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, director of the Wildlife and Flora Conservation Division at DNP.