Friday, 6 December 2013

EU lends weight to campaign to protect endangered species

December 2013: The European Union will support a new programme to improve the protection of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species such as marine turtles in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Janez Potocnik and Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioners for Environment and Development respectively, announced during the recent African Elephant Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, that the EU will strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, help to improve law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings through training and operational support and establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.

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