Regional wildlife protection gathering to be hosted by Kenya

Wildlife chiefs from six African countries that work to protect flora and fauna are due to meet in Nairobi on Thursday to discuss ways of combating wildlife crime in the region, organizers said Wednesday.

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Kenya Wildlife Service
Kenya Wildlife Service

The meeting is aimed at fostering co-operation and cultivating synergy among wildlife authorities to combat wildlife crime, in particular, elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade in Eastern Africa.

Tiger and lion cubs chase a rabbit at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 26, 2015. Seven manchurian tiger cubs and four African lion cubs, all of which are three months old, met with the press recently. (Xinhua/Yu Fangping) (lfj)
Tiger and lion cubs chase a rabbit at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, Sept. 26, 2015. Seven manchurian tiger cubs and four African lion cubs, all of which are three months old, met with the press recently. (Xinhua/Yu Fangping) (lfj)
“It will contribute to the establishment of a wildlife directors’ forum that will continuously promote dialogue as well as jointly formulate and implement strategies in addressing wildlife crime in the region,” Nairobi-based Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) said in a statement.

The meeting is organized by LATF, which is the Secretariat and operational arm of the Lusaka Agreement on Co-operative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora,

The meeting will bring together policymakers at ministries responsible for wildlife, as well as chief executives and heads of wildlife law enforcement from wildlife authorities in six Eastern Africa elephant range states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda as well as officials from UN and Interpol.

Kenya remains a poaching hotspot in Africa despite widespread campaigns by conservationists to condemn the menace that is to blame for loss of millions of dollars and ecosystems disruption.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya’s population of elephants and rhinos stand at 37,000 and 1,100 respectively.

Kenya has also been identified as one of the leading transit routes for smuggling ivory out of Africa, with several incidents of ivory seizures and recovery of wildlife carcasses in recent past. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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