News:Muchinguri blames EU for fueling poaching

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<vote /> Environment, Water and Climate minister Oppah Muchinguri has claimed that western countries, supported by some African nations, are fueling poaching and stifling economic growth in Zimbabwe. She said this at a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) breakfast meeting which sought to garner support from African countries ahead of the CITES 17th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) to be held in South Africa in September.

Muchinguri claimed that some countries were using CITES to undermine economic growth in developing countries such as Zimbabwe. She also highlighted that,

"Protectionist approaches do not bring any direct benefits to rural communities that face the brunt of living in perennial problems of human-wildlife conflict. A case in point is the move by western countries to ban the importation of elephant and lion trophies in their countries from producer countries such as Zimbabwe,"

She also argued that protectionist approaches such as trade bans have never saved species from extinction but only served to perpetuate illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching as well as exacerbating human wildlife conflict. She gave an example of the rhino which is now on the brink of extinction despite being on the CITIES Appendix 1 for the last 40 years.

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