SA to host global convention on illegal wildlife trade

The illicit trade of wildlife is set to be a hot topic at the The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Delegates from across the world will meet from 24 September to 5 October in Johannesburg for the 17th meeting of the convention.

Poaching and the trade of rhino horn and elephant ivory will be high up on the agenda.

Department of Environmental Affairs Spokesperson Albi Modise explains that South Africa has not made any submissions regarding the wildlife trade to be addressed at the gathering.

He explains that while South Africa is not opposed to wildlife trade, it acknowledges the need to protect endangered species.

We do not oppose trade as a country, we believe that trade is part of the mix of conservation

Albi Modise, Department of Environmental Affairs Spokesperson

We subscribe to a principal referred to as sustainable utilisation of natural resources, which effectively allows (among others) hunting, as long as its done in a sustainable fashion.

Albi Modise, Department of Environmental Affairs Spokesperson

According to Modise, wildlife trade should not be seen as a remedy to the challenge of poaching.

The discussions and outcomes at the convention should recognise the threat of illicit trade of wildlife, he says.

Listen to the full conversation from The John Maytham Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Meet Arthur Benjamin, the world-renowned genius known as 'The Human Calculator'

Meet Arthur Benjamin, the world-renowned genius known as 'The Human Calculator'

One of the world's fastest human calculators, Benjamin is Cape Town to show off his remarkable abilities.

Probe to be carried out into Phalaborwa mine deaths

Probe to be carried out into Phalaborwa mine deaths

The Palabora Mining Company confirmed that six mine workers died after a fire broke out at the mine early on Sunday morning.

[LISTEN] Trump meets Putin during 'peculiar' summit in Helsinki

[LISTEN] Trump meets Putin during 'peculiar' summit in Helsinki

Professor John Stremlau gives an analysis of the meeting between US President Trump and Russia's President Putin.

Sadtu objects to DA's bid to make teachers part of essential services

Sadtu objects to DA's bid to make teachers part of essential services

Sadtu says declaring education an essential service goes against international labour conventions and the Labour Relations Act.

Crowdfunding platform Feenix helps SA students pay for higher education

Crowdfunding platform Feenix helps SA students pay for higher education

Feenix was set up following the tertiary education funding crisis that resulted in the #FeesMustFall movement.

5 new books you'll want on your shelf before the year ends

5 new books you'll want on your shelf before the year ends

Book reviewer Michele Magwood has given bibliophiles a heads up on the books to look forward to in the second half of this year.

Popular articles
Nhlanhla Nene asks trade unions for ideas on how to fund wage increase demands

Nhlanhla Nene asks trade unions for ideas on how to fund wage increase demands

Nene asked unions representing Eskom workers to provide ideas to fund wage increases after negotiations with Eskom deadlocked.

[WATCH] Man finds it hard to open his Zam-Buk & pleads for an easier opening tin

[WATCH] Man finds it hard to open his Zam-Buk & pleads for an easier opening tin

Tourists wake up at the crack of dawn to bag the best sunbed and one man even suffers a broken toe in the melee.

How Steinhoff shares doubled in just five days

How Steinhoff shares doubled in just five days

Founder of Herenya Capital Advisors, Petri Redelinghuys, explains how the embattled Steinhoff managed to double its share price in 5 days

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Woolworths explains reasons for rice mix recall

Woolworths explains reasons for rice mix recall

The retailer announced it is recalling its rice mix product for fear of contamination with the Listeria bacteria.

Home Affairs set to undergo an upgrade in move to paperless system

Home Affairs set to undergo an upgrade in move to paperless system

A new live capture system will cover birth, marriage and death registrations.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.