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Soukous posted a topic in Safaritalk DebatesI was talking to a young ranger recently and he said to me that the future of Africa's wildlife was now entirely dependent on private initiatives and private funding. This is a young guy; university educated, highly motivated and passionate about his country's wildlife, yet he could see no other way forward. Thinking about it, there is a certain indisputable logic to what he said. African governments face so many pressing problems; growing populations, unemployment, disease, education, inter tribal tensions, that put severe pressure on their finances that conserving wildlife is rarely high on their list of priorities. Their future in government lies in the hands of their citizens; it is not the wildlife that will keep them in power. The only way they can justify devoting funds to wildlife conservation is if it can be shown to bring in revenues that exceed the expenditure. There are very few countries where this is a possibility. In an ideal world all Africans would care about their continent's wildlife but the reality is that most of them have far more pressing issues to contend with. In the majority of cases the interest in Africa's wildlife comes from foreigners; tourists, conservationists and NGOs, rather than from the continents own citizens, so too the majority of the funds raised for conservation. Africa's parks and reserves are pretty much dependent on philanthropy for their survival. What do you think Safaritalkers?
these confrences can be usefull if they actually implement the decisions I have yet to read this material the Kasane statement is a follow up as promised to the earlier London declaration the kasane confrence had a whole lot fewer nations attending take away columbia, gabon, italy, laos, mozambique, mexico, burma, nepal, phillipines, rwanda , tonga and zimbabwe. interestingly sth africa attended in kasane but not in London I will comment once I have had a proper look at things 1 STATEMENTS https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417231/kasane-statement-150325.pdf Kasane statement text MARCH 2015 London declaration feb 2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/281289/london-wildlife-conference-declaration-140213.pdf London declaration progress review march 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415690/review-progress-kasane-conf-150317.pdf 2 INTERNATIONAL FUND ANIMAL WELFARE The elephants in the room in Kasane IFAW 24 MARCH 2015 http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/elephants-room-kasane Does Kasane hold the key to unlocking action on the ground for elephants? IFAW 18 MARCH 2015 http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/does-kasane-hold-key-unlocking-actions-ground-elephants 3 TRAFFIC Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 15:06 TRAFFIC in Conservation awareness http://www.traffic.org/home/2015/3/25/critical-conference-maintains-global-momentum-to-curb-wildli.html?printerFriendly=true http://allafrica.com/stories/201503271605.html 27 March 2014 Kasane — At the International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade Thirty-two countries and several international organizations have pledged new and tougher action on combating the wildlife trade during the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana. The signatories to the agreement committed to strengthen legislation and ensure harsher penalties for financial crimes related to the illegal wildlife trade. They also reaffirmed a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, which will be conducive to the due prosecution and sentencing of kingpins controlling the illegal wildlife trade
WildlifeConnection posted a topic in NewslettersFor all the latest updates from Wildlife Connection! http://eepurl.com/NtGXD We are a small NGO working in Southern Tanzania, in and around Ruaha National Park, to help conserve elephants and benefit local communities through environmental education and the mitigation of human-elephant conflict. Check our website for more information: www.thewildlifeconnection.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You!