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Next week, two meetings take place in Kasane, Botswana, to assess the impact of current efforts by the global community to tackle the poaching of African elephants (over 20,000 of which are being killed each year) and address the global poaching crisis, which poses an immediate threat not only to iconic wildlife but also to national and regional security, rule of law, good governance, economic growth and social development, and the well-being of local communities.

In December 2013, governments attending the African Elephants Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, agreed 14 Urgent Measures to safeguard African Elephants. Their progress in implementing these measures will be assessed on 23rd March, when new information on the scale of illegal ivory trade will be disclosed.

In February 2014, 41 countries, plus the EU, adopted by acclamation the 25-point London Declaration on addressing illegal wildlife trade. The implementation of these commitments will be assessed on 25th March, after which it is anticipated that a Kasane Statement on illegal wildlife trade will be issued. It is hoped that senior government representatives, including several Heads of State, will  attend.

The Kasane Conference will:

  • Review progress on the implementation of the London Declaration; and
  • Commit countries to new and tangible action on eradicating the market for illegal wildlife products; ensuring effective   legal frameworks and deterrents; strengthening law enforcement; and sustainable livelihoods and economic development.

Meeting outputs are expected to be:

  • A Progress Report based on information submitted by countries that participated in the London Conference on their progress made in carrying out London Declaration actions.
  • A Kasane Statement that will build on the London Declaration with new and tangible actions reflecting recent de velopments and addressing gaps in the Declaration or its implementation.

WHO:                   Hosted by the Government of Botswana
WHEN:                 African Elephant Summit follow up meeting, 23rd March
                             Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, 25th March 
WHERE:              Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa in Kasane, Botswana
WWF/TRAFFIC:  WWF and TRAFFIC representatives will be participating in both meetings

A post-conference media briefing with senior government representatives from a selection of countries both directly and indirectly impacted by the global poaching crisis will be held immediately after the issuing of the Kasane Statement on 25th March.

For further information or to speak to an expert please contact:

Emma Roberts,Media Relations Officer, WWF-UK
M: 07771818682 E:eroberts@wwf.org.uk

About WWF

WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.  WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. panda.org/news for latest news and media resources

About TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a joint programme of IUCN and WWF.

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