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South Africa to partner with Kenya in wildlife conservation and Management
Date Published: 14 Feb, 2013
The South African Government is set to partner with Kenya in the area of wildlife conservation and management in the wake of increased cases of poaching across the world.
A senior delegation from the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa is in the country on an official working visit to elaborate on the details of the proposed areas of cooperation.
Already, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to be signed by both parties at a later date, has been drafted to promote cooperation between the two countries in the field of biodiversity management, conservation and protection, law enforcement, compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other relevant legislation and conventions on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
The head of the South African delegation, Dr. Moscow Marumo, said there is need to tackle matters dealing with conservation and wildlife security jointly and share intelligence in order to overcome wildlife crimes across the continent.
“Poaching is not just a South African and Kenyan problem. It has now become a global issue. We cannot succeed in the fight against poaching unless we all work together”, Dr. Marumo said.
The partnership is set to involve sharing of information on arrest and seizures of contraband wild animals parts and their products, DNA profiling to determine the origin of the wild animals or their parts, legal and policy framework, capacity building, sharing of best practices in wildlife and national parks management and consultations in multilateral forums related to environmental governance and sustainable development.
Mr. Marumo exuded confidence that South Africa and Kenya will speak with one voice during the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) in Bangkok, Thailand next month.
Kenya in the last few weeks has received considerable backing from the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Chile as it prepares for the CITES conference in March. The country will be pushing for five amendments to global wildlife conservation treaties in the wake of increased poaching of elephants, rhinos and cheetahs.
The most notable proposal which Kenya jointly submitted with Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali, pushes for a requirement that no application for ivory trade will be submitted during the life of the existing moratorium.