05 March 2013

The Kenyan White Gold

The 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the CITES Convention kicked off in Bangkok a couple of days ago.

With the idea of being able to disseminate as much information as possible, and to complement my tweets, I decided to write to some of the organisations that have planned side events to see if somehow they could send me their presentations during these events. I think it is important to spread as much as possible information that is complete and based on research, facts and with motivated people behind.

One of the organisations I contacted is "Save the Elephants", a conservation organisation founded by Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, with the objective of ensuring a sustainable future for the elephants. I had seen that during a side event to be held on 4 March, "White Gold", a film produced by Simon Trevor of the African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF) would be presented by the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), the Kenyan Elephant Forum and Save the Elephants. In a matter of hours Kathleen and Gemma took the time to answer to me. Though the film is not yet available from a public source, both provided me with information, and I really appreciate it.

I would like to reproduce here what they sent and leave the link to the trailer. Thanks to both for your work and for having taken the time to reply!

'White Gold'

A film produced by Simon Trevor of
African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF)
Presented at CITES CoP16 by Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS),
Kenya Elephant Forum & Save the Elephants

'White Gold', the name given to ivory by Chinese traders, investigates the
current status of African elephants, today's unprecedented poaching
levels, and the international ivory trade.  The film tells the story of
the elephants of Tsavo, Kenya’s largest National Park, over the 60 last
years and gives an authentic and detailed account of the fight against

The film too follows the ivory trail from source to consumer, covering
issues never before seen on film. It examines the security and economic
implications of the illegal ivory trade - and the potential future impact
should international ivory trading be legalized by the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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