Fundira ap­pointed to world wildlife con­ser­va­tion task­force

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya Beit­bridge Bureau

THE pres­i­dent of the Sa­fari Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (SOAZ), Mr Em­manuel Fundira, has been ap­pointed a mem­ber of the world task­force of the Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil of Wildlife Traf­fick­ing (ACWT).

Mr Fundira was ap­pointed at the ACWT meet­ing held in Lon­don on Novem­ber 14 and 15 along with seven oth­ers rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The coun­cil’s term starts on Jan­uary 1 and will end in De­cem­ber 2019.

The ACWT is charged with giv­ing tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise to a host of mem­ber states and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the world on is­sues of ca­pac­ity build­ing, re­duc­ing and curb­ing the il­le­gal move­ment of wildlife.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Mr Fundira said his ap­point­ment was a show of great con­fi­dence by the rest of the world on Zim­babwe’s con­ser­va­tion meth­ods, where the il­le­gal move­ment of wildlife was con­cerned.

He said pan­golins and ivory were the most traf­ficked an­i­mals and an­i­mal prod­ucts across the world, though the lat­ter re­mained Zim­babwe and Africa’s big­gest headache.

“It is a great hon­our to be ac­corded such an op­por­tu­nity. This is recog­ni­tion of the amount of work we are do­ing as Zim­babwe in terms of wildlife con­ser­va­tion.

“The op­por­tu­nity comes with great lever­age be­cause the ACWT is well funded and that it very im­por­tant for us as Africa. You will note that lack of re­sources is one of the stum­bling blocks in our quest to com­bat il­le­gal traf­fick­ing,” he said.

Mr Fundira said most mem­ber States viewed il­le­gal traf­fick­ing of wildlife and other pre­cious re­sources as a breed­ing ground for ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties such as ter­ror­ism.

He added that Africa had be­come home to many traf­fick­ers due to poverty in some coun­tries where peo­ple were en­ticed into en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal vices.

“The ACWT has a num­ber of af­fil­i­ates who take is­sue of wildlife con­ser­va­tion and ca­pac­ity build­ing for mem­bers se­ri­ously. We be­lieve that as Zim­babwe, we can learn a lot from shar­ing notes and re­duc­ing traf­fick­ing in south­ern Africa and the rest of the con­ti­nent.

“We are look­ing for­ward to in­creas­ing ad­e­quate cov­er­age in all the grey ar­eas for Africa,” said Mr Fundira.

Other mem­bers of the ACWT are; Ju­dith Mchale (pres­i­dent, Canes In­vest­ments), David Hayes (Stan­ford Law School), David Bar­ron (chair­per­son In­ter­na­tional Con­ser­va­tion Cau­cus Foun­da­tion), Cris­tain Sam­per (pres­i­dent, Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety), Pa­trick Ber­gin (CEO, African Wildlife Foun­da­tion), Crater Roberts (pres­i­dent and CEO, World Wildlife Fund) and John Webb (in­de­pen­dent).

Mr Em­manuel Fundira

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