SNAPP: Finding solutions to the ivory crisis: What would an economically rational Chinese ivory trade policy look like?

Principal Investigators:

Aili Kang, and Li (Aster) Zhang

Elephants are in crisis with perhaps 35,000 being killed per year to supply the ivory trade. China is the main market for ivory and this demand is a major driver of the crisis; some 70% of large scale seizures of illegal ivory in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) database involve China. At the same time, China’s ability to regulate the ivory trade effectively is challenged by the existence of both legal and illegal markets. The legal ivory trade in China has, by most accounts, facilitated a burgeoning illegal trade and has required... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group17th—19th August 2015Participant List  
Working Group25th—27th February 2016Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Edward B. Barbierebarbier [at] uwyo.eduUniversity of Wyoming
Jonathan Barzdojbarzdo [at] bluewin.chConvention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Richard Damaniardamania [at] worldbank.org
Stiong Diaosdiao [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society
Zhanfeng Dongdongzf [at] caep.org.cnChinese Academy for Environmental Planning
Simon Hedgesshedges [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society Indonesia
Rachel Hemingwayrhemingway [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society
Yu Jin947657808 [at] qq.comNortheast Forestry University
Aili Kangakang [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society
Tien M. Leetienminglee [at] gmail.comPrinceton University
Lishu Lilli [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society
Xianqiang Maomaoxq [at] bnu.edu.cnBeijing Normal University
Tom Millikentom.milliken [at] traffic.orgTraffic, The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network
Xiaohua Sunxsun [at] tnc.orgThe Nature Conservancy China
Timothy Swansontimothy.swanson [at] graduateinstitute.ch
Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfestsas.rolfes [at] gmail.com
Han Weihanwei [at] ruc.edu.cnRenmin University of China
Roberton WilliamsWilliams [at] rff.orgResources for the Future
Tim Wittigtwittig [at] wcs.org
Lan Wuwulan.pku [at] gmail.com
Luodan Xulnsxld [at] mail.sysu.edu.cnSun Yat-sen University
Li (Aster) Zhangasterzhang [at] bnu.edu.cnBeijing Normal University
Linda Choulhchou [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society, China
Xin DunullDoodod Technology Co. Ltd
Ross Harveyross.harvey [at] saiia.org.zaSouth African Institute of International Affairs
Nan Jang18913836038 [at] 163.comNanjing Forest Police College
Tong Jinjtong [at] tnc.orgThe Nature Conservancy
Hongxia QinnullNanjing Forest Police College
Tianbao Qinfxyqtb [at] whu.edu.cnWu Han University
Eik Sweeeswee [at] unimelb.edu.auUniversity of Melbourne
Xiaoyang Tangtangxyang [at] gmail.comTsinghua University
Amin Wangawang [at] wcs.orgWildlife Conservation Society, China
Wenhao Zhangzhangwenhao [at] doodod.comDoodod Technology Co. Ltd

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Harvey, Ross; Alden, Chris; Wu, Yu-Shan. 2017. Speculating a fire sale: Options for Chinese authorities in implementing a domestic ivory trade ban. Ecological Economics. (Abstract)
Presentations Li, Lishu. 2016. Wildlife Demand Reduction Efforts in China seminar. Wildlife Demand Reduction Efforts in China seminar; May 2016. (Abstract)
Journal Article Yu, Yang; Wetzler, Andrew E.; Yang, Xuan; Tang, Ruchun; Zhang, Li (Aster). 2016. Significant and timely ivory trade restrictions in both China and the United States are critical to save elephants. Conservation Letters. (Abstract)
Journal Article Zhang, Li (Aster). 2015. China must act decisively to eradicate the ivory trade. Nature. Vol: 527(135).
"SNAPP: Finding solutions to the ivory crisis: What would an economically rational Chinese ivory trade policy look like?" is project ID: 12706