ICCF Warns Crisis in Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

The world’s population is continuing to grow. As we continue to stress our natural systems now, how do we make space and a way for animals to survive in their natural environments while more and more people compete for the same resources? David Barron of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation states in a recent article in Origin magazine that “In the next fifty years, the world population is expected to increase from seven to eleven billion, with three billion more people in Africa alone. If we do not find solutions to this crisis now, there will be little habitat left beyond sparse areas of national parks that will serve as glorified zoos to small pockets of remaining animals.” Click here to read the article.

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Kenya and the US Team Up to Thwart Poaching

At the end of January U.S Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Natural Resources, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust headquarters in Kenya. The MOU represents a pledge by both Kenya and the United States to collaborate on combating the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts, particularly elephant ivory and rhino horn.

United Nations General Assembly Adopts

Posted October 21 2015.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted (on 30 July 2015) a resolution on “Tackling Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife.” Concerned over the serious nature and the increasing scale of poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and its adverse economic, social and environmental impacts, and expressing particular concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution.

The aim of the UNGA Resolution is to “prevent, combat and eradicate illegal trade in wildlife within the existing international legal framework.” It urges Member States to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products and to address sustainable and alternative livelihoods for affected communities to enable them to benefit from wildlife and wilderness. And to make illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora involving organized criminal groups a serious crime.

For more information, please read the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora..