Cheetah © John Birch; African Wild Dog © John Birch; Leopard © Nick Dale; African Elepahnt © Andreas Klotz; African Lion © Jacques-Andre Dupont
Coordinated action focused on strengthening wildlife law enforcement, management collaboration and transboundary governance.
Nairobi, 5 December 2017 - As part of a 30m Euro intervention, the EU today signed a 17.2m Euro agreement with three UN institutions working jointly to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The new ‘cross-regional wildlife programme’ will focus its activities in the regions’ most important protected areas, national transit points, and in some of Africa’s most important transboundary ecosystems.
After signing the agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in Africa, Mr. Stefano A. Dejak, the European Union ambassador to Kenya said ‘"Illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife now runs into billions of dollars. To combat it, we need find new ways to work together more effectively. This new initiative brings together the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the Convention on Migratory Species. The aim is to build on our various strengths and experiences in protecting wildlife across borders."
The new project aims at tackling the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products at three levels:
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About the EU: The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU and its members account for over half of all development aid, making them the largest donor in the world. Over the years, the EU has supported many countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and create a better future for their people.
About UNODC: UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through its network of field offices.
About CITES: With 183 Member States, CITES is one of the world's most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation. CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment.
About CMS: CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.
Last updated on 20 December 2017