An international conference on the fight against poaching will be held in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, in May, According to Henri Djombo, the Congolese Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development.
The conference, to be jointly organised by Congo, partners and some NGOs, is aimed at discussing the problem of poaching and the illicit trade in wildlife, sea and flora products in Africa.
It will also help fashion out a sustainable strategy to curb poaching and dismantle criminal networks involved in the illicit trade in wildlife and flora products.
Organisers said the meeting would also be used to develop a pan-African legal framework for managing the ivory stockpiles and other wildlife products that were confiscated.
According to official data, over the last two years, 25,000 elephants were killed and 23,000 tons of ivory confiscated around the world.
In 2013, about 146 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone.