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Sue Liberman, Vice President of International Policy at World Conservation Society (WCS) presents at IWT2016 conference in Hanoi.

Speaking at the meeting of global leaders in Vietnam, the Environment Secretary welcomed the agreement for decisive action on the black market trade threatening the world’s most endangered wild animals.

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The Duke of Cambridge spoke at the #IWTConf2016 Vietnam and had a powerful message for the world.

By Brett Davis. Courtesy Forbes Magazine. In recent years Vietnam has garnered global attention as a source and destination for the illegal wildlife trade. Rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger products are some of the higher profile animals trafficked to, and through, the country. However, other threatened species are also regularly traded and include civets, pangolin anteaters, moon and sun bears, some species of marine turtles and monitor lizards.

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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Science for Nature and People (SNAP) and Stop Ivory, recently released key findings from a collection of studies entitled “Is the Ban Enough to Save Africa’s Elephants?”.

The studies, which contain a wealth of in-depth research, aims to provide policy support to governments and conservationists where wildlife is facing severe habitat loss, unplanned infrastructure and rapid population growth.

Highlighting rampant elephant poaching, that has escalated across Africa since 2007, the report takes a deep dive into an issue that is robbing the continent of its elephant populations: the ivory trade.

Johannesburg. 29 September 2016

Gabon National Parks Agency today announced the establishment of an Anti-Poaching Rapid Response Task Force during CITES COP17 world wildlife conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Task Force has been established in line with the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba’s unwaivering commitment to address poaching in the Central African Nation.

Parcs Gabon, the National Parks Agency of Gabon, announced that it will work with the South African-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation to capacitate the new Anti-Poaching Rapid Reaction Task Force. The Ichikowitz Family Foundation has a strong track record of conservation leadership within Africa having financed anti-poaching initiatives for over six years. Their support for Parcs Gabon includes the immediate donation of a Gazelle helicopter and pilot training, specialist ranger training and equipment for anti-poaching officers, and the establishment of a K9 training facility in Gabon to address the on-going poaching of the countries forest elephant population.

Tusk4Change Launch - London, Tokyo, Johannesburg

“When I was born, there were 1 million elephants roaming Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000. And at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25 the African elephant will be gone from the wild.”

As world leaders convene in Africa to decide the fate of endangered species, the vast majority of people across North America, Europe and Australia, unaware of legal ivory trade in their countries, call on politicians to finally close all ivory markets.

The #JoinTheHerd campaign empowers citizens worldwide to mobilise against the slaughter of elephants and force an end to the ivory trade once and for all.

City of Honolulu, Hawaii

Botswana recently participated at the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Congress held in the City of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America. The congress was held from 1- 10 September 2016 under the theme “PLANET AT CROSS ROADS”, which reflected on the numerous challenges facing the conservation and preservation of planet earth. His Excellency the President of the United States of America, Mr Barrack Obama marked the opening of the Congress by the announcement to expand the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument, now the largest protected area in the world.

London, UK. September 21 2016

U.K based elephant protection charity, Stop Ivory, today announced the appointment of Bill Waldman as their new Director for its U.S operations.

Bill joins Stop Ivory from Island Conservation, where he has been based for the last eight years. Credited with helping the organization expand its operations to save more imperiled island species in over 52 critical islands globally.

In his new role, Bill will be responsible for contributing to Stop Ivory’s overall strategy and increasing US lobbying and fundraising efforts that will lead to further strategic partnerships and initiatives for the organization and its partners.

Nairobi, Kenya. September 14, 2016

Charting a new path for conservation, Somalia today announced it has signed to join The Elephant Protection Initiative, an African-led and African-founded programme to end the ivory trade and stop the eradication of the continent’s increasingly threatened elephant populations.

Becoming the 14th African nation to sign on to the EPI since its inception in 2014, Somalia’s Minister for Livestock and Pasture, Said Hussein Iid said, “Somalia’s rich environmental history has for long been overshadowed by the long-drawn out civil war. However, it is our hope that by joining the EPI, we can work to slowly rebuild this history and join together with other African nations to stop the harrowing consequences that elephant poaching and trafficking is bringing to our continent. As the leaders of Africa, we must unite and commit to protecting our wildlife for the future generations.”

September 5, 2016. London, UK

Stop Ivory, the leading elephant conservation charity and Elephant Protection Initiative joint-­Secretariat, today announced the appointment of career diplomat, John Stephenson, to serve as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Stephenson succeeds founder CEO Alexander Rhodes, who remains on SI’s US Board.

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