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MEDIA ADVISORY Africa to Set Common Roadmap to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade 22/04/2015

African heads of State and decision-makers will convene at the International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 27-30 April, where they will lay out a common plan to end illegal trade in wild fauna and flora on the continent.

The value of wildlife crime, comprising fauna and flora, and including logging, poaching and trafficking of a wide range of animals, amounts to between US$70 and US$213 billion a year, according to estimates of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. Wildlife trafficking creates insecurity, fuelling conflicts and corruption. Together with poaching and illegal extraction, it deprives countries of their assets, weakens the rule of law and divides societies. Wildlife trafficking also destroys biodiversity and ecosystems, threatening the supply of food and freshwater and eroding livelihoods for millions of people in Africa.

Organised by the Government of the Republic of Congo and the African Union Commission (AUC), in partnership with UNEP and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Conference builds on the outcomes of the London and Kasane High Level Conferences on Illegal Wildlife Trade. It follows the 23rd African Union Summit which urged African nations to apply zero tolerance approaches, to take action to strengthen laws and policies, and to engage communities to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities. The Conference will seek to create an Africa-wide strategy and associated action plan on the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora, to be considered at the next AU Summit.

What : International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa
When : 27-30 April 2015
Where : Palais des Congrès, Brazzaville, Congo
Who : H.E. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Congo
Excellences, Heads of State and Presidents of Regional Economic Communities
Honourable Ministers in charge of Wildlife
H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
Mr Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Congo

Media Opportunities :
27 April (am) : H.E. Henri Djombo, Minister of Forestry Economy and Sustainable Development, Congo, Opening Ceremony
30 April (pm) : Press Conference
30 April : Official Ceremony to burn Congo’s illegal ivory and timber stockpile

For more information, or media interviews, please contact :
Mr. Barthelemy Moussoki, Communication Sub-Committee, Congo, gmoussoki@yahoo.fr, +242 055707259
Mr Molalet Tsedeke, Media Centre Coordinator, AUC, MolaletT@africa-union.org
Mr Mohamed Atani, Regional Information Officer, UNEP, +254 727531253, mohamed.atani@unep.org
Mr Nicolas Douillet, Communications Specialist, UNDP, +1 (917) 701-1520, nicolas.douillet@undp.org

Conference website : http://www.conf-labff-brazza.org

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