Museveni heads to London for conference on illegal wildlife trade

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The world is currently faced with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade that is threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains

President Yoweri Museveni has left for London, the British capital, to attend a conference on illegal world wildlife trade.

The conference that runs from October 11-12, will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.

According to reports, the world is currently faced with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade that is threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains.

Ivory that is conservatively estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tonnes – a figure that is representative of 2,500 elephants – was seized in the 13 largest seizures of illegal ivory in past 5 years. 

The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to: increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping front line countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges.

The second theme will be building coalitions, to: use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions.

The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighbouring countries, and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products.

Presidency minister Esther Mbayo saw off Museveni at Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday morning.

NewVision.co.ug

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