African Development Bank meeting to explore wildlife crime impacts and solutions



Posted on 25 May 2013  | 
During its annual meetings next week, the African Development Bank will host a panel discussion on the threat posed by illicit wildlife trafficking to sustainable economic development in the continent.

Bank President Donald Kaberuka, Gabon President Ali Bongo and WWF International Director General Jim Leape will discuss the wide-reaching impacts of illegal wildlife trade, which has evolved recently into a sophisticated transnational criminal activity worth billions of dollars each year. 

The event is scheduled to take place at the Marrakesh gathering on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore with panelists actions including increased law enforcement, greater customs controls, and strengthened criminal justice.

Africa's elephants and rhinos are under record assault in formerly secure protected areas, which are vital to many countries' economies. Demand for ivory and rhino horn has increased significantly over the past few years in step with the growth of economies of Asia, which is the primary consumer destination for the illegal products. 

Read an Al Jazeera op-ed by WWF International Director General Jim Leape and African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka.




Learn more about illicit wildlife trafficking by clicking here.

Mba Ndong Marius, an Eco Guard from Oyem hold seized Ivory tusks.
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African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka and WWF Director General Jim Leape will participate in a panel on wildlife crime at this year's annual meeting.
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Gabon President Ali Bongo, African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka and WWF International Director General Jim Leape discuss wildlife crime.
© WWF-Canon / Wendy Elliott Enlarge

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