EU invests $20 million to fight poaching, trafficking
Tuesday January 2 2018
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) anti-poaching squad perform a patrol in search of poachers and displaced elephants through the Kora National Park on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO | IVAN LIEMAN
The deal — signed between the EU, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species(Cites) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) — will concentrate its activities in the regions’ protected areas, national transit points, and transboundary ecosystems.
Through its Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (Mike) programme, Cites will lead the implementation of the three-level approach by reducing the illegal killing of wildlife at priority protected areas in transboundary ecosystems throughout southern and East Africa.
The EU, the largest global exporter of legal ivory into international markets, reported a dramatic rise in raw and worked ivory re-exports in 2014 and 2015, where member states reported exports of 1,258 tusks.