Luanda — The Ministry of Environment reiterated Friday the Angolan Government's efforts to implement the Strategic Plan in Conservation Areas, deploring recent news in which illegal trade of Ivory and other items from poaching are taking place in Angola.
This is contained in a press release from the sector that reached Angop, stressing that the Environment Ministry has made efforts to comply with the plan.
This confirms the overall commitment to development with the Convention of Biodiversity and International Schedules, recently reaffirmed at the First General Assembly of the United Nations on the Environment, held from 23 to 27 June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The note makes reference to alarming news, bad faith reports on intensive hunting, illegal and terrorist trade of elephants in Angola.
According to the source, such an intention aims to disrupt and speculate the information which neither coincide with the habits of the rural population of Angola nor with attitudes recorded in Conservation Areas, where the efforts focused on recovery of Nature and Wildlife, whether fauna or flora of Angola, are underway.
The document adds that the financial support from the Global Environment Fund and bilateral agreements, both internal and external, with stress to European Union, GTZ, USAID, public and private companies and national foundations and international agencies, allowed the extension of Conservation Areas from six to 12.58 percent of the national territory.
This process is intended to cooperate with the goal of 20 percent by 2020, according to the commitments of the Nagoya Protocol.
The document also mentions three new parks as having been created, respectively, in the Mayombe forest, Okavango region as well as Mavinga and Luiana, the last two reserves, that are integrated in larger cross-border conservation area in the world.
"The Ministry of Environment is aware that the policies and programmes for the protection of wildlife reaffirm the national and international commitment to preserve nature for future generations, especially the International Convention for the Protection of Wildlife CITES, approved by Parliament and came into force in January 2014, "says the report.
However, the Environment Ministry calls on citizens' efforts for environmental education and awareness and development and creation of an increasingly adequate environmental protection culture.