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Yearbook 2008

Namibia. In June, Namibia issued a license to the French nuclear energy company AREVA to extract uranium at Trekkopje, about 30 km west of the capital Windhoek. AREVA plans to invest US $ 750 million in the mine, which is expected to become the world's largest when it comes into operation at the end of 2009. With an annual production of approximately 3,500 tonnes, the mine is expected to have a service life of about nine years.

2008 Namibia

At the end of October, the first ivory auction was held in nearly a decade in Namibia. More than seven tonnes of ivory were sold to customers from China and Japan, bringing in $ 1.1 million. According to Countryaah reports, the auction was approved by CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - and was followed by a further number of ivory sales in southern Africa. Most of the ivory had been collected from elephants that died a natural death.

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