Summit agrees key actions to tackle wildlife crime
Seized Shipment of Illegal African Elephant Tusks.
In an important advance in the battle against wildlife crime, a high level summit has agreed key new measures to help address the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade, including tackling money laundering and corruption, and enabling local communities to benefit from wildlife. Heads of state, ministers and officials from 31 countries met in Botswana in March to review progress since the landmark London summit in 2014 which agreed urgent and decisive action to combat wildlife crime. Key recent successes include increased enforcement – especially in Africa resulting in major ivory seizures – improved legislation, and stronger sentences. The summit also supported proposals for a strong UN General Assembly resolution on wildlife crime.
Original article posted on: 25.03.15 Updated on: 26.03.15