Selling ivory funds communities
Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa have a stock-and-sell take on ivory.
Namibia Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta has said destroying the ivory and horn goes against government policy. Instead the stock is auctioned off to other interested countries.
"We will get a lot of money and the proceeds will go to state coffers to alleviate poverty. Also, we feel it is not an effective deterrent in fighting poaching," said Shifeta.
While Botswana states it is "out of the question" to sell rhino horn, they've just announced they will seek permission to sell their ivory stockpile after the 10 years moratorium with CITES has expired in 2018.
Good news for the rhinos, considering the fact that Botswana is key to future rhino populations with the current translocations taking place from Kruger National Park. Not so great for elephants.
Overall, an interesting proposition considering the country's strong stance on anti-poaching, and the large stake in their wildlife. 90 percent of tourists in Botswana come for the wildlife.