Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi reiterated his executive commitment to protect the environment and curb illegal exploration of the country’s environment potential on Tuesday.
The president was speaking during the end of his 4-day visit to Niassa province in northern Mozambique, where locates the country’ s largest reserve park, the Niassa Reserve, which has been victim of illegal exploration and poaching in recent years.
Mozambique has been witnessing in the last five years a drastic reduction of its animal population, particularly the elephants, which have been reduced by 50 percent.
Among the natural resources to be protected are animals, forests and natural resources, which the Nyusi government would like to develop to benefit all the Mozambicans.
Nyusi reiterated this information after the country incinerated 2.4 tons of seized rhino horns and ivory products in Maputo on Monday, when the country’s Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia, personally set the pile of tusks and horns ablaze.
Earlier in 2013, Mozambique was singled out at the international meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), for its lack of action on poaching, followed with a wave of criticism from international organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) .
The former Portuguese colony began to show its determination by passing a law last June, toughening penalties for poaching, including hefty fines and jail terms up to 12 years for killing protected species.
Before that, poaching was not considered a crime in the country, and anyone arrested often got off with a fine for illegal weapons possession. Enditem