The UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Thérèse Coffey enjoyed a busy first day in Nairobi yesterday, attending a number of meetings accompanied by the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey and his Deputy Susie Kitchens.
At a meeting with Kenyan Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, issues discussed included solid waste management, Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), the upcoming Blue Economy Conference and climate change among others.
The Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal also met with Erik Solheim, the Head of UN Environment to discuss Commonwealth plans to beat plastic pollution and the need to find sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic.
She also shared her views on the UK ivory sales ban consultation which was published yesterday.
Minister @theresecoffey shares her views to the consultation published today for a #UK #ivory sales ban, reaffirming our leadership of this critical issue around the world. #endwildlifecrime https://t.co/rSkax7uYX1 pic.twitter.com/DFje9ukYgp
— Defra UK (@DefraGovUK) April 3, 2018
The ban on ivory sales in the UK will cover ivory items of all ages – not only those produced after a certain date. The maximum available penalty for breaching the ban will be an unlimited fine or up to five years in jail.