8 March 2012 - Over the years the CMS Secretariat
has regularly received reports of elephants being killed
in Africa. With the exception of southern African populations
all other African elephant populations are decreasing. The
recent accounts of poaching of close to 450 elephants in
Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon increase
the concerns about the future of elephants in Africa.
The Secretary-General of CITES stressed
in his Press Release of 28th February 2012 that “This
most recent incident of poaching elephants is on a massive
scale but it reflects a new trend we are detecting across
many range States, where well-armed poachers with sophisticated
weapons decimate elephant populations, often with impunity.
The CITES programme for Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants
(MIKE) has revealed increasing levels of poaching in 2011“.
The CMS Secretariat fully supports the
statement of our colleague from CITES and also would like
to express its grave concern about this increase in elephant
poaching all over Africa. Meanwhile the Secretariat has
contacted the responsible Minister in Cameroon to express
its deep concerns and requested more information on this
incident. If the International Community fails to combat
this kind of wildlife crime successfully, the future of
the African Elephant will be at stake.