The African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) launched on 31 May 2013 a joint global call for action and commitment from governments and other institutions to combat the rampant illicit wildlife trafficking scourge that is robbing Africa of precious natural resources and posing a major threat to stability and economies across the continent.
Speaking in Marrakech, Morocco, alongside President Ali Bongo of Gabon during the bank’s annual meeting at an event to outline the implications of wildlife trafficking to Africa’s development, AfDB President Donald Kaberuka and WWF International Director General Jim Leape called for commitment at the highest level.
During the event the AfDB launched the Marrakech Declaration highlighting the out-of-control nature of illicit wildlife trafficking and urging “countries and their citizens to act urgently to fight illicit wildlife trafficking in Africa and across the globe”.
“Wildlife crime is a serious crime, and it is not just the rhinos and elephants that are in danger – there are grave implications also for national security, the rule of law and the wellbeing of communities across Africa.
Action is needed now at the highest levels if we are to bring this crisis under control,” said Leape.
Wildlife crime also featured in a United Nations Security Council gathering in New York where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on illicit wildlife trafficking being a serious crime needing urgent attention.
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