Africans Must Protect Wildlife Against Corruption Menace

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By Citizens Against Corruption Kenya, Nairobi – July 19, 2022

The first Africa Protected Area Congress (APAC) being held at the Kigali Conference Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, from 18 to 23 July 2022, must adopt the War on CORRUPTION as a priority for protection of endangered species – the largest overland mammal Elephants being a priority.

The APAC intends to further enhance the status of conservation in Africa by engaging governments, the private sector, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities, academia to shape Africa’s Protected and Conserved Areas Agenda to better deliver benefits for people and nature.

Many of the African populations living with wildlife do not understand or connect Corruption with illegal wildlife slaughter. They so not understand that Corruption pays the poacher, who they consider to be a hunter. They don’t know Corruption silences the errant game officials. Corruption blinds ports and customs officials. Corruption buys judicial officers. Corruption therefore endangers elephants and other wildlife.

UNESCO, in collaboration with its partners, will showcase its contribution to the Biodiversity Post-2020 Global Agenda, especially through its Designated Areas (World Heritage, Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Global Geoparks).

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress is convened by the Government of Rwanda, the International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in collaboration with partners.

African governments must sit on the drivers’ seat to guide the conservation efforts and not the international Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) led by people who to this date consider African wildlife as game for sport hunting and source of wildlife trophies. None of them focuses on Corruption as the bullet that kills the giant elephant, the horny Rhino that dies for misplaced aphrodisiac claims and the Lion – the king of the jungle.