Vicuña under threat from climate change and rising wool prices - Supply Management

Vicuña under threat from climate change and rising wool prices

21 January 2016

Climate change puts some of the world’s most expensive luxury fabrics at risk.

The vicuña, a relative of the llama, is one of two wild South American camelids living in the puna (grassland) eco-region of the central Andes. Its fine, exceptionally warm wool is prized in the fashion industry. The animals are shorn only once every three years.

In 1974 it was designated as an endangered species when the population had dwindled to around 6,000. By 2009, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the vicuña’s level of threat had been reduced, with the population grown to around 350,000.

To read the rest of this article you need to sign in:
Don't have an account? Register here

JOIN CIPS

Not a CIPS member? Why not join CIPS to access a full range of benefits, including:

  • Access all areas of the CIPS Knowledge on-line library including tools and templates and Supply Management stories.
  • Enhance your network and get connected to a global community of 120,000 in 150 countries.
  • Stay in touch and up to date through member only events and branch meetings.
  • Annual subscription to Supply Management magazine.
  • 10 per cent discount on all training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Up to 15 per cent discount on books from the CIPS book store, including course books and a range of further reading text books.

And much more. Click here to join >

LATEST
JOBS
Marriss House, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5AL
£35,229 - £38,052
Wirral Council
To be agreed (currently we have sites in Cirencester, Cheltenham and Witney)
circa £40k per annum depending on kills and experience
Publica Group
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE