GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Governments taking part in the Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) meeting in Geneva agreed to contribute to a $100 million fund to save the African elephant, in the face of increased poaching.
Some 300 delegates from around the world took part in the meeting that ended 19 August in Geneva. “The target is to raise $100 million over the next three years to enhance law enforcement capacity and secure the long term survival of African elephant populations,” says Cites said Secretary-General John Scanlon.
The organization also reviewed issues surrounding rhino poaching.
Cites’s members discussed a public report prepared by its programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, Gland-based IUCN and Traffic. The report shows that”2010 had seen the highest levels of elephant poaching since 2002, with Central Africa being of highest concern. The analysis has also found that poverty and poor governance are driving elephant poaching, together with increasing demand in China.”