France-Africa Summit tackles Elephant and Rhinoceros poaching

 

Please kindly Download the Final Declaration: HERE

 

The France-Africa Summit on Peace and Security in Africa was held in Paris from 6 to 7 December 2013. It attracted close to 53 delegations from African countries and France, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the African Development Bank. They debated the prickly issues of peace and security in Africa, economic partnership and development and climate change.

 

The eve of the high-level meeting between France and Africa was marked by a roundtable on "the fight against poaching and trafficking in endangered species. The side event set the mood for the Heads of State Summit with the adoption of a declaration called the "Paris Declaration", in which signatory countries pledged to "act promptly and decisively" against poaching and smuggling of wildlife.

 

It should be noted here that the round table was held in a context where trafficking in ivory and rhinoceros horns has reached cruising speed on the African continent. In fact, nearly 20,000 heads are lost every year, and according to some studies, the elephant poaching rate (7.4%) across the continent now exceeds the species’ natural rate of renewal (5-6%), despite the ivory trade ban which was adopted in 1989. At this rate, elephants are irreversibly on the path to extinction.

 

This activity currently threatens to destabilize several States and thus poaching should no longer be viewed merely as a threat to biodiversity but addressed on the same level as terrorism, in light of surveys conducted on the ground and brought to the attention of the international community, which have clearly established a connection between ivory trafficking and financing of armed groups in war-torn countries.

 

In the face of this scourge, African countries present at the meeting recognized that the fight against poaching will only be effective if it is integrated into sustainable development policies supported by international institutions and major donors, with the implementation of the Marrakech Declaration (adopted on May 30, 2013) as well as political and operational decisions taken at the Gaborone International Summit (3-4 December 2013).

 

Expressing its commitment to the struggle, France has developed a national action plan to: "Fight elephant poaching and trafficking in ivory and other protected species." Amongst other things, the plan envisages:

 

  • increasing fines (for example, up from 150,000 to 750,000 Euros in case of organized group trafficking)
  • further empowering judicial police officers (JOP) with more advanced investigation techniques.
  • Special instructions for prosecutors on the fight against protected species trafficking to professionalize prosecution of illegal trafficking cases by means of specialized interregional courts (JIRS)
  • etc .

And more recently, France donated 10 Million Euro to Gabon to support the fight against poaching, which reflects Paris’ commitment to fight wildlife crime and constitutes an invitation to other countries and international institutions to follow suit, to save Africa’s last elephants.

 

The Paris declaration and similar articles may be viewed here (in French only):

 

Déclaration finale du Sommet de l’Élysée pour la paix et la sécurité en Afrique

 

Video - Trafic et braconnage des espèces menacées

Video : Lutte contre le trafic et le braconnage des espèces menacées : les États africains et la France s’engagent 

 

Lutte contre le trafic et le braconnage des espèces menacées : les États africains et la France s'engagent

 C'EST PAS DU VENT: 2 - Les chefs d'Etat africains s'engagent dans la lutte contre le braconnage

 

Pour lutter contre le braconnage, la France va brûler son stock d'ivoire

Table ronde sur le braconnage : Ali Bongo Ondimba se prononce et propose

Les États africains et la France s’engagent pour lutter contre le trafic et le braconnage des espèces menacées

 

Les autres liens disponibles :

-    http://www.nostalgieguinee.net/actualite/politique-1/samedi-07-decembre-2013-declaration-finale-du-sommet-de-l-elysee-pour-la-paix-et-la-securite-en-afrique-1004.html

-        http://www.actuniger.com/societe/7586-sommet-afrique-france-declaration-finale-issue-du-sommet-de-l-elysee-pour-la-paix-et-la-securite-en-afrique.html

-        http://www.rtb.bf/infos/article/la-declaration-finale-du-sommet-de

-        http://www.lnr-dz.com/index.php?page=details&id=29885

Go back

CBFP News

Lessons for REDD+ from Cameroon’s past forestry law reform: a political economy analysis

...We focus our analysis on three factors considered necessary for REDD+ success: (i) autonomy of the nation state from interests behind deforestation and forest degradation, (ii) national ownership over reform processes, and (iii) inclusiveness of policy processes. We find that the REDD+ policy process in Cameroon is repeating the weaknesses of the earlier forestry law reform, as seen in the minimal ownership of REDD+ by national actor groups and low inclusiveness among domestic actors at both national and local levels, as well as the absence of a national coalition for REDD+...

Read more …

Review of the legal ownership status of national lands in Cameroon: A more nuanced view

This paper revisits the legal status of land tenure in Cameroon in response to many publications which claim that 97% of land belongs to the State. In fact, the current Cameroonian land-tenure system is based on the distinction between public/State lands; private lands and national lands...

Read more …

UNEP: Momentum Building for a Greener and more Inclusive Economy

A quarter of the world’s countries are now pursuing green economy plans Three new reports to support governments in building greener and more inclusive economies unveiled at the Green Economy Coalition annual meeting...London, 1 September 2014 – Green economy policies are spreading worldwide at an increasing pace, with more than 65 countries now actively pursuing green economy policies and 48 of them taking steps to develop national green economy plans.

Read more …

Lessons for REDD+ from Cameroon’s past forestry law reform: a political economy analysis

"...In this paper, we view the REDD+ policy arena in Cameroon within a political economy framework and conduct policy network analysis to explore the factors that will enable or hinder efforts to implement the broad policy change required to realize REDD+. As the REDD+ context is shaped by the history of Cameroon’s forestry sector, we draw lessons for REDD+ from the forestry law reform undertaken in 1994. We focus our analysis on three factors considered necessary for REDD+ success..."

Read more …

CBFP News - August 2014 / Nouvelles du PFBC - Août 2014

1.  Pres. Obama hosts historic Summit with Africa... Upcoming Facilitation Visit to EU and central Africa...3. Rep. of Congo Minister of Forests on Track to Support pan-Africa Strategy on Wildlife Trafficking...4.  Registration a Success for CBFP October Meeting / 1. Le Président Obama accueille un sommet historique avec l`Afrique...2. Prochaines visites de la Facilitation des Etats-Unis du PFBC dans l’Union Européenne et en Afrique Centrale...3. Le Ministre des Forêts de la République du Congo envisage d’appuyer la stratégie panafricaine de lutte contre le trafic des espèces sauvages...4.  Inscriptions : une réussite du PFBC en vue de la Conférence PFBC d’octobre...

Read more …

The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) in Doha

GVTC, Kigali (Rwanda), 18 July 2014 - In the course of the recent months, the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) has reinforced both its partnership and communication with major regional and international institutions working in the field of community conservation, protected areas management and biodiversity. The current press release gives a brief outline of such considerable progress performed by the GVTC Executive Secretariat with the support of the Royal Netherlands and Norway.

Read more …

Congo Basin: TRAFFIC features as CBFP Partner of the Month

August 2014—This August, TRAFFIC is featuring as Partner of the month within the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).  The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) was created at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa to co-ordinate efforts to sustain forest resources in the Congo Basin.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2014