31 March 2014
SOUTH AFRICA AND THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CONCLUDE FRUITFUL DISCUSSIONS ON BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT
The visit took place in a week when the number of rhino poached in South Africa increased to 233 since January 1, 2014. A total of 144 rhino have been poached in the Kruger National Park, 32 in North West, 21 in Limpopo and 16 in KwaZulu-Natal. Fifty-four alleged poachers have been arrested.
- The implementation of biodiversity management legislation in South Africa;
- Curbing poaching and the illegal wildlife trade;
- Biodiversity management and the sustainable utilisation of resources;
- Lessons learnt on existing financing mechanisms and offsets in terms of biodiversity monitoring;
- Wildlife and protected area management, biodiversity conservation and management experiences;
- Forest management; and
- Enforcement-related matters.
Following the robust discussions, agreement was reached to advance the implementation of the Action Plan and to assist South Africa in meeting its international obligations.
These include engagements and exchange of expertise on the optimisation of management of protected areas and monitoring systems, the promotion and sharing of awareness raising efforts in both countries, technology enhancement for improvement of communication exchange and investigation, optimal natural resources management to sustain wildlife resources, and the strengthening of joint research on market demands for illegal and legal wildlife products. The exchange of technology includes invasive species control and DNA detection of rhino horn.
South Africa and Vietnam recognise the value for both countries to share information, policies and legislation on biodiversity protection and committed to further developing cooperation between the two countries in striving to address international wildlife crime and the conservation and management of biodiversity.
In response to the illegal wildlife trade that is decimating Africa’s elephant and rhino, Peace Parks Foundation in 2013 launched a programme to combat wildlife crime. Click here for more information.
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