A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between South Africa and Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) will hopefully assist in the fight against rhino poaching. This was revealed by the department of environmental affairs' spokesman, Mr Albi Modise.
According to Modise, the two countries are scheduled to sign the agreement in the field of biodiversity conservation and management, soon.
He said the signing of the MoU will be accompanied by the endorsement of an implementation plan, putting into immediate action concrete steps to, among others, eradicate wildlife crimes through government-to-government and security initiatives, educating the public and raising awareness.
Commenting on the rationale of these MoUs, minister of water and environmental affairs, Ms Edna Molewa said, “South Africa regards rhino poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife and endangered species as part of the new and emerging forms of crime, such as illicit mining and trafficking in precious metals, which also require global attention if we are to effectively deal with these crimes.''
The MoU with Mozambique is on track and scheduled to be signed by early next year.
This is a deadline set by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) for Mozambique and Vietnam to report on concrete legislative and other security measures taken to curb poaching.
In June, South Africa met with Mozambique to deliberate on action to be taken by both countries to combat this scourge. They have been engaging consistently overtime to find concrete measures to stamp out this threat. More....