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Anti-poaching campaign launched in Nairobi

Reporter: Robert Nagila 丨 CCTV.com

05-26-2016 15:46 BJT

Delegates from around the world have gathered in Nairobi to take part in the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly. They are meeting to discuss a way to combat a raft of environmental and ecological issues. A key focus is the illegal wildlife trade and the event was used as a platform to launch a global campaign to tackle poaching.

NAIROBI, May 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on May 25, 2016 shows a ministerial conference about illegal wildlife trade of the ongoing second edition of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA2) in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. The United Nations (UN) in partnership with celebrities on Wednesday launched a new campaign, dubbed "Wild for Life", to re-invigorate the fight against illegal wildlife trade. According to latest UNEP statistics, illegal wildlife trade is worth up to 20 billion U.S. dollars annually, and is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, along with trafficking of drugs, arms, and humans. And an estimated 170 tonnes of ivory was illegally exported out of Africa from 2009 to 2014. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

NAIROBI, May 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on May 25, 2016 shows a ministerial conference about illegal wildlife trade of the ongoing second edition of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA2) in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. The United Nations (UN) in partnership with celebrities on Wednesday launched a new campaign, dubbed "Wild for Life", to re-invigorate the fight against illegal wildlife trade. According to latest UNEP statistics, illegal wildlife trade is worth up to 20 billion U.S. dollars annually, and is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, along with trafficking of drugs, arms, and humans. And an estimated 170 tonnes of ivory was illegally exported out of Africa from 2009 to 2014. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

These delegates agree... poaching has reached critical proportions.

And urgent intervention is needed.

Several species are on the brink of extinction,

With Africa's animals the hardest hit.

It's estimated that about 100 thousand elephants were killed on the continent between 2010 and 2012.

And around 170 tonnes of ivory illegally shipped overseas between 2009 and and 2014.

Conservationists say a zero tolerance approach is needed.

"There are three ways to this, we have to go hard on enforcement including tackling corruption. We have to look at local livelihoods the benefits of wildlife to local people and we have to deal with the demand, we have to pull down the demand of these illegal traded wildlife products," said John Scanlon secretary general, CITES.

The UN Wild for Life campaign has been launched in a bid to get citizens, governments and corporations to work together in the fight against wildlife crime.

NAIROBI, May 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on May 25, 2016 shows a ministerial conference about illegal wildlife trade of the ongoing second edition of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA2) in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, The United Nations (UN) in partnership with celebrities on Wednesday launched a new campaign, dubbed "Wild for Life", to re-invigorate the fight against illegal wildlife trade. According to latest UNEP statistics, illegal wildlife trade is worth up to 20 billion U.S. dollars annually, and is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, along with trafficking of drugs, arms, and humans. And an estimated 170 tonnes of ivory was illegally exported out of Africa from 2009 to 2014. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

NAIROBI, May 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on May 25, 2016 shows a ministerial conference about illegal wildlife trade of the ongoing second edition of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA2) in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, The United Nations (UN) in partnership with celebrities on Wednesday launched a new campaign, dubbed "Wild for Life", to re-invigorate the fight against illegal wildlife trade. According to latest UNEP statistics, illegal wildlife trade is worth up to 20 billion U.S. dollars annually, and is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, along with trafficking of drugs, arms, and humans. And an estimated 170 tonnes of ivory was illegally exported out of Africa from 2009 to 2014. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

It seeks the collaboration of policy makers and people on the ground.

"The meeting seeks to improve collaboration between source, transit and destination countries with contributions from international partners and donors," said Robert Nagila Nairobi, Kenya.

"It is expensive venture, it is not easy, there is a lot of money which has to be put in, the patrols that have to be made. Countries are putting in their own resources, we see increased investment by countries but we are also seeing interest from our partners the EU, UNDP, UNEP at the centre of stimulating interest to ensure everyone comes on board," said Rhoda Tumusiime AU commissioner for rural economy & Agri.

China and the U.S. have already declared that they will close down domestic trade in ivory.

And ivory prices in China are reported to have dropped by 50% in just 12 months.

A review of further progress in the fight against poaching will take place in September,

When delegates meet in South Africa at the 17th Cites conference.

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