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Chile backs Kenya in fight against illegal ivory trade
Date Published: 07 Feb, 2013
The Chilean Government has spoken out strongly against the recent increased cases of poaching and trade in illegal trophies both in Kenya and the world in general.
The Chilean Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mr. Konrad Paulsen, said that countries who are known to be the main consumers of illegal trophies should be named and shamed by the international community.
Speaking during a courtesy call he paid to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director, William Kiprono, Mr. Paulsen said that Chile will stand by Kenya and continue to forcefully lobby against poaching and wildlife crimes globally.
Mr. Paulsen confirmed that his country will support Kenya’s proposals 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.
CITES 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 has in the last few weeks has received considerable backing from the United Kingdom, Netherlands and now 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 in the next nine years. The extension aims at discouraging the increasing ivory trade not just in Kenya but the world as a whole.
At the same time, the Chilean Ambassador announced negotiations are underway for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) later this year between Kenya and Chile on wildlife conservation. The Chilean government is looking at ways to collaborate with Kenya on how to generate more income from tourism and conservation as well as preservation of wildlife for posterit