Representatives of the country members of the South African Development Community (SADC) held a two-day meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, to devise strategies to fight poaching and animal smuggling, sources reported today in this capital.
In that meeting, Angola was represented by Director of Biodiversity of the Environment Ministry Joaquim Manuel, who told the news agency Angop that there were contributions in the meeting to develop a regional strategy about this issue.
"The information exchange will be the best weapon to fight the organized network of wild-life trade in the region and the world," the official said.
After that meeting, each country will shape a national coordination authority and in the case of Angola, actions to interact with other structures within the SADC will be systematized.
To Manuel, personnel training, the financing method and harmony in the sanctions are the main challenges to the future organization, the setting-up date of which is yet to be determined.
Representatives of Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya, as well as the agencies INTERPOL and the United Nations, related to the environment participated in the event.