By Khephren Fanga
Following the adoption by the international community of a resolution to determine the origin of elephant tusks, obtained at the last Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), held in Bangkok, eight Central African countries recently adopted, in emergency meeting in Yaoundé (Cameroon), a Plan of extreme emergency anti-poaching (Pexulab).
After a particularly dark 2012 year for Central African elephants, the member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), decided to agree to reverse the trend which predicts the extinction of the species, but also for peace and security, the integrity of States, the economy and well-being.
With a budget of $ 2.3 billion, in order to stop forthwith the illegal killing of elephants in Central Africa, which feeds the illegal international trade in ivory, threatening biodiversity in this region, Pexulab provides for the establishment of a joint military command with a system for sharing and analyzing information in real time and the mobilization of defense forces and security brigades and anti-poaching States concerned. Specifically, it is to dismantle the network of major poachers and smugglers operating in the target area, the fight against illicit traffic in small arms and small arms, and possibly other types of weapons in the targeted area, ensure integrity and security of the area under threat from poachers.
Central Africa is home to a varied and diverse faunal biodiversity that consists of large mammals including lions, elephants, great apes, being a great appeal for hunters and other poachers. This natural wealth properly managed would be a powerful lever for the development of the green economy in Central Africa, a way to diversify the economy of the sub-region in addition to timber, oil and mining. More....