China To­tally Against Wildlife De­struc­tion

My ap­pre­ci­a­tion also goes to EAWLS and MCF, for their in­valu­able part­ner­ship

Diplomat East Africa - - Diplospeak - H.E LIU XIANFA China’s Am­bas­sador to Kenya.

I am very de­lighted to be joined by the dis­tin­guished guests present here to­day for this very im­por­tant cer­e­mony. The Em­bassy of China in Kenya will of­fi­cially hand over another batch of anti-poach­ing equip­ment to four wildlife con­ser­van­cies through the East African Wild Life So­ci­ety (EAWLS) and the Mara Con­ser­va­tion Fund (MCF).

This hum­ble do­na­tion will en­hance the ca­pac­ity of the four wildlife con­ser­van­cies to pro­vide se­cu­rity cover through tar­geted pa­trols in the north­ern range­lands and the Coast.

First of all, let me thank the Gov­ern­ment of Kenya for its strong support to­wards this func­tion. My ap­pre­ci­a­tion also goes to EAWLS and MCF, for their in­valu­able part­ner­ship.

Three months ago, Chi­nese Premier, Li Ke­qiang vis­ited the Ivory Burn­ing Site Mon­u­ment at the Nairobi Na­tional Park, to­gether with H.E. Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto.

Dur­ing that visit, Premier Li ad­dressed Chi­nese and for­eign jour­nal­ists and I quote: “The Chi­nese peo­ple love na­ture as well as peace. The Chi­nese side highly ap­pre­ci­ates and re­spects the hard ef­forts and sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in wildlife con­ser­va­tion made by the Kenyan gov­ern­ment and peo­ple. China is strongly com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing wildlife, and will spare no ef­fort in com­bat­ing poach­ing and ivory smug­gling”.

This is another strong com­mit­ment, to Kenya, to Africa and to the world. To­gether with the achieve­ments China has made, we are tak­ing more and more res­o­lute ac­tions.

A num­ber of poli­cies have been adopted to pro­mote eco­log­i­cal progress, and in­cor­po­rate it into all as­pects and the whole process of ad­vanc­ing eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, and so­cial progress. A full range of rules and reg­u­la­tions were put in place with the Law on Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife be­ing the cen­tre­piece. To en­force strict com­pli­ance, of­fend­ers are li­able life im­pris­on­ment.

In 2013, Chi­nese forestry and pub­lic se­cu­rity or­gans cracked down on more than 60 cases in­volv­ing 100 of­fend­ers. In the process over 1,000 kilo­grams of ivory were con­fis­cated. Last Jan­uary, China de­stroyed 6.1 tonnes of con­fis­cated ivory prod­ucts, in ef­fect demon­strat­ing its con­sis­tent po­si­tion to firmly op­pose and com­bat il­licit wildlife trade, in­clud­ing il­le­gal ivory trade. Our ro­bust con­trols have sent a pow­er­ful mes­sage to wildlife poach­ers, traf­fick­ers and il­le­gal users of wildlife prod­ucts that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment is to­tally against wildlife de­struc­tion.

China ad­heres to en­hanced pub­lic­ity and ed­u­ca­tion as a way of deep­en­ing pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of il­le­gal wildlife trade and in par­tic­u­lar the il­le­gal ivory trade. Forth­with, all Chi­nese na­tion­als, upon their ar­rival in Kenya, will re­ceive an au­to­matic SMS mes­sage, alert­ing them of the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing wildlife. In Jan­uary, my Em­bassy and State Forestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China held a work­shop on wildlife pro­tec­tion in Nairobi to ed­u­cate and in­form the Chi­nese com­mu­nity against poach­ing and il­le­gal trade of wildlife.

Thanks to the un­remit­ting ef­forts, the Chi­nese peo­ple are re­spond­ing pos­i­tively and proac­tively to con­trib­ute to the well be­ing of African wildlife. Sev­eral weeks ago, a group of young stu­dents from Ts­inghua Univer­sity of China, ini­ti­ated a vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity here in Kenya to ad­vo­cate wildlife con­ser­va­tion and pro­mote in­ter­ac­tion in this re­gard with their coun­ter­parts in the Univer­sity of Nairobi. Th­ese ac­tions that serve as ex­am­ples will, with­out any doubt in­crease in days to come.

Wildlife crimes are a cross-bor­der men­ace. To com­bat wildlife crimes calls for in­ter­na­tional joint ef­forts where all stake­hold­ers share the common re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ob­jec­tives.

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