From the 22nd to the 23rd March 2016, in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), the African Union Commission organized a consultative meeting on the implementation of the African Commission Strategy on combating illegal exploitation and illegal trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa.
This meeting follows the recommendation of the AU Summit of Heads and Government which adopted the decision EX.CL/Dec/879(XXVII) endorsing the Brazzaville Declaration on the International Common Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora. Indeed, the African Common Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora and its Action Plan call upon Member States and African Union (AU) Partners to support the popularization of the common strategy and facilitate the implementation of the action plan.
Within the above mentioned decision, it was said that the Commission would be convening a consultative and working group session of the strategic partners and representatives from member states do deliberate on an implementation plan, a financing mechanism and coordination framework for the implementation of the strategy.
It is within that framework that this crucial meeting was held in
Addis Ababa was held to (1) design a detailed implementation plan including the popularization of the strategy,(2) to set up a coordination mechanism for the strategy at regional and continental level and (3) develop a funding and technical support plan.
The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) participated in the Brazzaville Workshop on the International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna in Africa, from the 27th to the 30th April 2015 was invited to the consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa. For this purpose, this intergovernmental organization coordinating conservation efforts of protected areas shared by DRC, Rwanda and Uganda was represented by Dr Georges Muamba Tshibasu and Mr. James Byamukama, respectively Executive Secretary and Programs Manager.
Indeed, this consultative meeting includes the organizations and members states that were part of the Ad-hoc committee set up in Brazzaville conference and tasked with finalizing the African strategy on combating illegal exploitation and illegal trade in wild flora and fauna in Africa. The commission is chaired by a special commission and is currently extended to the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and other international organizations involved in natural resources conservation, such as great apes, elephant, rhino, birds and wetlands, forests and endangered plant species, etc.
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