Bri­tain gives £6m to help pre­vent ele­phant poach­ing

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Sun­day Tele­graph Re­porter

BRI­TAIN will pro­vide an ad­di­tional £6mil­lion to counter the poach­ing trade threat­en­ing some of the world’s most en­dan­gered species.

Penny Mor­daunt, the In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary, said the fund­ing would sup­port projects that pro­tect at-risk wildlife while cre­at­ing sus­tain­able liveli­hoods for the vul­ner­a­ble hu­man com­mu­ni­ties around them.

Of­fi­cials said that the species that stood to ben­e­fit from the UK sup­port in­cluded ele­phants, rhi­nos and pan­golins.

Ms Mor­daunt said: “The il­le­gal wildlife trade threat­ens to make some of the planet’s most ex­tra­or­di­nary species ex­tinct. It also de­stroys the liveli­hoods of some of the world’s poor­est peo­ple, rob­bing com­mu­ni­ties of the great eco­nomic ben­e­fits of wildlife, in­clud­ing tourism. UK aid is giv­ing fresh life to projects, whose aim is to pro­tect these species and se­cure the fu­tures of com­mu­ni­ties.

“This is a win for those com­mu­ni­ties and a win for an­i­mal lovers across the world. None of us want to see these ma­jes­tic an­i­mals dy­ing out.”

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