By John Yeld
A multilateral meeting is on the cards between South Africa, Mozambique, China and Vietnam to discuss poaching and wildlife trafficking, with a particular focus on rhino horn and ivory.
This was revealed by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano in his address to the World Wilderness Congress, WILD10, in the Spanish city of Salamanca.
In an exclusive interview with the Cape Argus, Chissano said a new company dedicated to enhancing wildlife protection, and with a special focus on rhinos and elephants, would be launched soon by the Peace Parks Foundation. The company would work with governments and all other stakeholders.
Chissano is a board member of the foundation that was set by the late Dr Anton Rupert, who approached him in May 1990 to discuss the possibility of establishing a permanent link, or “peace park”, between protected areas in southern Mozambique and their adjacent counterparts in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
This eventually led to the signing of a treaty in 1992 for the formation of the Great Limpopo Transfontier Park that includes the Kruger National Park, Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park.
In his address to WILD10, Chissano explained why he had agreed to talk to Rupert and helped to set up the peace park, even though South Africa’s apartheid system had still been in place at the time, in order to promote peace in the sub-continent, and said he was still “delighted” to be involved in the foundation. More....