Consultation: European Commission seeks views on how to fight against dramatic increase in wildlife trafficking
The Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU can be more effective in combating wildlife trafficking. This comes in response to a recent global surge in poaching and illegal wildlife trade, which is now at unprecedented levels for some species. More than 1000 rhinoceroses were poached in South Africa in 2013, compared to 13 in 2007, with a rhino horn now being more valuable than gold. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström underlined how the communication could help show how all actors can work more effectively together to fight this crime. In Africa, the EU has committed more than €500 million for biodiversity conservation over the past 30 years, with a portfolio of ongoing projects worth approximately €160 million. During a recent visit to the Commission department responsible for Development and overseas aid, ENEP learnt of the important proportion of funding under the new B4Life programme that would go into biodiversity protection in African countries. The Commission is therefore seeking views on ten questions related to wildlife trafficking, including the adequacy of the current framework, tools that might strengthen existing efforts to fight the problem, how the EU in particular can help, improving our knowledge and data, and the possibility of stronger sanctions.
Comments can be submitted at http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ until 10th April 2014.
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