The report says elephants could face extinction if the current rate of poaching continues
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Overall elephant poaching rates at monitored sites remained virtually unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to a poaching monitoring program released Monday at the African Elephant Summit held in Kasane, Northern Botswana. Elephant conservationists say demand for ivory remains high
The latest figures presented by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) program for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) show no increase in the overall poaching trends in 2014, with levels dropping and then levelling off since the peak in 2011. However, with overall killing rates exceeding natural birth rates, poaching trends remain far too high and at a level that cannot be sustained.
“African elephant populations continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory, especially in Central and West Africa where the situation appears to have deteriorated. We are however also seeing some encouraging signals in parts of East Africa where the overall poaching trends have declined, which shows us all what is possible through a sustained and collective effort,” said John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General.
“The momentum generated over the past few years is translating into deeper and stronger efforts to fight these crimes on the front line, where it is needed most — from the field, to police and customs, to illicit markets — and this enhanced front line effort gives us confidence that if we persist with, and deepen this collective effort, we will reverse the devastating poaching trends of the past decade,” added Scanlon.
African Elephant follow-up meeting kicked off Monday in northeast Botswana, with delegates from 19 countries, 9 inter- governmental and 10 non- governmental organizations participating in discussions on key issues of African elephant protection.
The meeting is jointly organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism of Botswana. Enditem

 

Source:?Xinhua

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