April 15, 2019
More than 10 days after the request for clarification was given to the
Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development and the National
Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) on the Quota for killing
elephants in 2019 ANAC clarified that “according to the CITES Legal
Provision of 2000, Mozambique was authorized to do the elephant sport
hunting through quotas attributed by the convention, because it is
understood that the country has a viable population of the species.”
“Elephant (Loxodanta africana) is a species whose hunting is permitted in
the national territory, through the Model A and F licenses, according to
the hunting regulations approved by Decree 81/2017 of 29 December. This
hunting must be carried out in a sustainable manner, using legal and
technical instruments in force in the Republic of Mozambique,” explained
In addition, “(…) according to the CITES Legal Provision of the year
2000, Mozambique was authorized to do the sport hunting of the Elephant
through quotas attributed by the convection, because it is understood that
the country has a viable population of the species”.
Through a letter sent to @Verdade, the National Administration of
Conservation Areas explained that: “This controlled slaughter means the
selection of old and male animals. It also contributes to the control of
the man-wildlife conflict in areas where the Elephant is abundant. It
should be noted that in the past, Mozambique received from the CITIES
Screener (entity that assists the 183 member countries in the
implementation of the convention), a quota of 100 elephants per year for
sport hunting as a way of promoting the country’s cinerg?tico tourism”.
“However, due to the reduction of about 49% of this species in the northern
provinces of the country caused by poaching, ANAC has taken the initiative
to reduce the quota of this species from 100 to about 50 animals. In this
context, taking into account the geographical distribution of elephant
herds, the defined quota reflects the moratorium (not attribution of quota)
of elephant hunting in areas where there has been a reduction of that
population in recent years.
In the document sent to @Verdade, the ANC emphasizes that sport hunting is
legal and controlled and should not be “confused with the sale of ivory”
that is still prohibited in Mozambique.
“Regarding the economic gains resulting from the sport hunting of this
species, it is important to clarify that the State collects directly about
USD 10,000 for each Elephant … of which 20% is channeled to local
communities,” concluded the National Administration of Areas of
Conservation in its clarification.