Today (March 3) is World Wildlife Day and as conservation is the responsibility of all nations worldwide, the United Kingdom is actively working with Kenya to help fight wildlife poaching in all its forms.
The UK has committed £10m over 4 yrs to end wildlife crime, with around £5m for 19 projects in developing countries
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.
The risk to wildlife is very real with 100,000 African elephants killed between 2010 and 2012 just for their ivory tusks. Rather than declining, poaching rates have continued to remain higher than population growth rates, which is threatening the survival of some of Kenya’s iconic species.
Poaching and trafficking in wildlife is often driven by transnational organized crime groups with elephants, pangolins, rhinoceros , sharks, tigers and precious tree species under immediate threat and among the most critically poached and trafficked species across the world.
World Wildlife Day is a call to action for all to protect the birth-right of future generations and to ensure that poachers will not have the last word in Kenya.