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Government urged to increase funding to tackle poaching

28 June 2014, 16:15

Nairobi - Global wildlife conservation firm, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), on Friday called on governments to commit the resources needed to reverse the decline of numbers of wildlife around the world.

IFAW Director of International Environmental Agreements Peter Pueschel said the governments should step up efforts to address security threats, organized crime and critical losses in biodiversity which were the focus of the inaugural meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi.

"While we are encouraged that wildlife crime is now being discussed at the highest political levels, we need to ensure that the commitments lead to positive changes on the ground," Pueschel said in his presentation at the session.

"The world is facing a loss of its biodiversity. Wildlife, of which elephants are one of the most endangered face extinction due to poaching and the loss of their natural habitats," Pueschel said.

Pueschel urged the governments to increase cooperation through National Environmental Security Task Forces (NESTs) as recommended by the Interpol who is planning to expand its presence in Eastern Africa so as to help governments combat poaching and other forms of environmental crime.

Assistant Director of Environmental Security David Higgins said that Interpol will deploy more personnel at its regional bureau in Kenya by the end of October.

- Xinhua

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