30 May 2016
Go wild for life - zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade
The Vietnam, be my hero campaign is the second phase of the Wild Rhino initiative, presented by Wilderness Foundation Africa, in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation and Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy, initially launched in Vietnam in 2014. Through multimedia marketing channels, competitions and first-hand African wildlife experiences, the Wild Rhino Initiative aims to teach the Vietnamese youth about rhino protection, and motivate them to become ambassadors for the cause.
The people of Vietnam are increasingly demonstrating a revitalised determination to support conservation and environmental reform. With the same inspired outlook, schools in Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the Vietnam, be my hero campaign as an opportunity to engage the next generation in being part of the solution to environmental care, not only in their own country, but on a global scale.
Adding to the impact of the campaign, is the support of famed local musician, Thanh Bui, CEO of Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy. Passionate about change, Mr Bui stated: ‘The new Vietnam, be my hero campaign is an incredible opportunity for the Vietnamese people to take responsibility for a world-issue, and for us as a nation to right a devastating wrong. I believe that we have a chance for redemption and to stop the demand for rhino horn. Vietnam can be the hero of the rhino.’
Werner Myburgh, CEO of Peace Parks Foundation, highlighted the significance of demand reduction within a multi-faceted approach to solving the rhino poaching crisis: ‘With a general acceptance on the ground that there is no magic short-term solution to end rhino poaching, we continue to engage in and support activities that address critical challenges along the illegal rhino horn supply chain―protecting the rhino, disrupting trafficking networks and reducing demand, with the latter being a major contributing factor to wildlife crime.’
The Wild Rhino Initiative forms part of a broader five-year implementation strategy aimed at curbing the demand for rhino horn in primary user countries such as Vietnam. The demand reduction initiative forms part of the multi-faceted Rhino Protection Programme, coordinated by Peace Parks Foundation in close cooperation with the South African Government and its public entities, South African National Parks and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and funded by the Dutch and Swedish postcode lotteries and various other private donors and foundations.
World Environment Day
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecoystems, fuelling organised crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe.
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