|The African Wildlife Foundation will invest $25 million over the next 4 years to support the work being done by local communities and African governments to protect wild lands and wildlife in Africa.
The pledge was made at the recent Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference in London. AWF’s President Kaddu Sebunya said that poaching and illegal trade in wildlife poses an acute threat to Africa’s rich heritage of natural wealth.
Kaddu says that there is some recovery and stabilization of some vital wildlife populations. AFW has invested $13.1 million to tackle the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and also a further $5.5 million with public-sector partners. The total of $18.6 million has been used to:
As a result:
And now this most recent pledge will support programmes putting the priorities in place that came out of the London IWT conference:
The belief is that Africa must own and drive the illegal wildlife trade work. The London conference will help strengthen partnerships across borders to fight the illegal wildlife trade in an effective way.
Four key elements are crucial to give Africa’s wildlife a chance, according to AWF Chief Scientist and VP of Species Protection, Dr Philip Muruthi, and they are:
Actions for Animals
Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa