Angola bans ivory trade
The decree banning the sale of ivory and its derivatives was presented by the Multi-sector Commission against environmental crimes. The Commission will soon hold its 3rd ordinary session to present the draft law on environmental
crimes and infringements.
During the event, that will be chaired by the minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim, the Commission will also present the strategy to shut down ivory sale outlets, like the Luanda’s Benfica handicrafts market.
At the first meeting of the Interministerial Commission for Crimes Against Environment and Fauna and Flora held in 2015, the incumbent minister spoke of the urgent need for a fight against poaching, particularly involving elephants and rhinos. Fátima Jardim added that trade of ivory artifacts will cease to exist in the country as a means to curb poaching.
Angola, which is seeking to conserve its biodiversity-rich wildlife and rebuild its elephant population, is to host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED) celebrations. WED – the single biggest day for positive action on the environment worldwide, which takes place on June 5 each year – will be themed around the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. This is an issue of particular importance in Angola, where poaching is threatening efforts to rebuild an elephant population decimated by decades-long civil war.
WED 2016 will take place just three months before Angola and another 180 member states gather in Johannesburg in South Africa for CITES CoP 17 where it is hoped that African range states will raise a resolution to close all domestic ivory markets.
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