The sustainability of the elephant ivory trade in Thailand: demand, supply and controls

Chaitae, Apinya (2022) The sustainability of the elephant ivory trade in Thailand: demand, supply and controls. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Apinya Chaitae studied the Thai legal ivory trade, which is based on ivory from domesticated elephants. She found that Near Infrared Spectroscopy can differentiate between legal and illegal ivory. Although control mechanisms meet international obligations, they impose compliance burdens amongst ivory supply chain actors. Apinya will use her findings to inform trade controls when she returns to her government position in Thailand.

Item ID: 77507
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: domestic ivory trade, elephant, raw ivory, supply chain, Thailand, CITES, Elephas maximus, legislative controls, livelihood, sustainability
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Three publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

[Chapter 2] Chaitae, Apinya, Gordon, Iain J., Addison, Jane, and Marsh, Helene (2022) Protection of elephants to sustainable use of ivory in Thailand. Oryx, 56 (4). pp. 601-608.

[Chapter 4] Chaitae, Apinya, Rittiron, Ronnarit, Gordon, Iain J., Marsh, Helene, Addison, Jane, Pochanagone, Suttahatai, and Suttanon, Nattakan (2021) Shining NIR light on ivory: a practical enforcement tool for elephant ivory identification. Conservation Science and Practice, 3 (9). e486.

[Chapter 5] Chaitae, Apinya, Addison, Jane, Gordon, Iain J., and Marsh, Helene (2023) Domestic ivory trade: the supply chain for raw ivory in Thailand is driven by the financial needs of elephant owners and market factors. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. (In Press)

Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2023 04:03
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319901 Forensic biology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1001 Environmentally sustainable animal production > 100199 Environmentally sustainable animal production not elsewhere classified @ 30%
10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1006 Primary products from animals > 100699 Primary products from animals not elsewhere classified @ 30%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190205 Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives) @ 40%
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