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Kenya, UN ink anti-poaching partnership deal

26 June 2014, 08:21

Nairobi - The First Lady's office on Wednesday signed a partnership agreement with UN Development Programme (UNDP) on anti-poaching and wildlife conservation efforts amid surge in wildlife crimes in the country.

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who inked the deal in Nairobi said the UNDP will sponsor the her "Hands Off Our Elephants" campaign to the tune of 1.15 million U.S. dollars.

"The campaign to end the menace of wildlife poaching especially elephants and rhinos is close to my heart as it is to all Kenyans, " Margaret said in Nairobi.

Under the agreement, UNDP will also scale up its support for wildlife conservation initiatives by communities and other stakeholders involved in the campaign to protect elephants and other endangered wildlife species in the country.

Margaret welcomed the UNDP's support, noting that the battle on poaching and illegal wildlife trophies trade cannot be won by a single entity.

She also called for harmonization of regional wildlife conservation legislation to combat cross-border poaching and smuggling. "The harmonization would deepen cooperation in the region, especially in jointly combating the ivory trade," Margaret said.

The UNDP Administrator Helen Clark praised the First Lady for her efforts to conserve wildlife, and pledged her continued support to the initiative.

 - Xinhua

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