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Netherlands Supports Kenya on ban of Ivory trade

Date Published: 05 Feb, 2013
Netherlands Supports Kenya on ban of Ivory trade

The Dutch Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mr. Joost Reintjes(right) shakes hands with KWS Director William Kiprono during his courtesy visit to KWS.

The Dutch Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mr. Joost Reintjes has confirmed that his country will support the proposal to continue the ban on trade in ivory in the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Conference of the Parties (CoP) in Bangkok, Thailand next month.

Speaking during a courtesy call he paid to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director, William Kiprono, the Dutch Ambassador said that Netherlands will support the ban on trade in ivory, and the Netherlands position in CITIES is coordinated within the European Union block (EU).

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Kenya is 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 in the next nine years. The extension aims at discouraging the increasing ivory trade not just in Kenya but the world as a whole.

The KWS Director thanked the Dutch government for their continued cooperation and appealed to other countries for increased support in their fight to address global challenges against poaching.

Mr. Kiprono at the same time also announced that KWS is set to receive Sh.400 million from Treasury to recruit a further 500 rangers to beef up the service force in their fight against wildlife crime.

 

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