October 13, 2017

The Ivory Trade of Laos: Now the Fastest Growing in the World

Title:  The Ivory Trade of Laos:  Now the Fastest Growing in the World
By:  Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin, Save the Elephants
Publisher, Year:  Save the Elephants, 2017
ISBN:  9789966107831
Cost:  Free


It has been reported in recent weeks that Laos has become the fastest growing market for the illegal ivory trade.  This comes on the heels of Thailand and China's ban on ivory causing the market to have unfortunately moved to Laos where Chinese and Vietnamese demand continues. This is the investigative report that has shed a very informative light on the issue and to which news outlets have picked up on.

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction to the ivory trade in Laos
    - History
    - Background
    - Legislation
    - Economy
    - Past studies
    - Methodology for fieldwork in late 2016
  • Results of the survey
    - Sources and wholesale prices of raw ivory in 2016
    - Ivory carving in 2016
    - Retail outlets settling worked ivory in late 2015
    - Vientiane
    - Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort
    - Savannakhet
    - Ivory in Pakse
    - Luangprabang
    - Ivory in Oudom Xay
    - Ivory in Luang Nam Tha
    - Boten
    - Huay Xai
    - Kings Romans
  • Substitutes and alternatives to ivory in Laos
  • Discussion
    - Trends in the ivory trade in Laos
    - Price trends for raw and worked ivory over time and space in Laos
    - Prices in Laos compared with China, Vietnam and Sudan
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Tables
PDF download link:   Save the Elephants

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