Workshop: Committee of Inquiry to deliberate on possible trade in rhino horn

Event date: 
2015-03-25 00:10 to 2015-03-26 23:59

 

 

 

Introduction and background

 

Whilst rhino poaching in many African range states remained a major problem between 1960 and 1995, particularly for the black rhino and northern white rhino, rhino poaching within South Africa was low. Between 1960 and 1980, numbers of rhinos poached were negligible, whilst between 1980 and 2007 the average rate of rhino poaching was nine animals per year. In 2008, however, a significant upsurge in rhino poaching took place in South Africa, with a reported 83 animals being killed illegally, and this trend has been escalating ever since.

In 2009, the official figure climbed to 122 rhinos poached; then to 333 in 2010; and 448 in 2011. While this rate of poaching does not yet exceed the population growth rate (meaning that the rhino population should continue to grow), should the rate of poaching continue to increase, it may eventually exceed the population growth, which would see South Africa’s rhino populations go into decline.

The overwhelming cause of rhino decline and extinction in the last 50 years has been poaching, simultaneously by demand for rhino horn used for traditional craft and traditional medicinal purposed by consumer nations in the middle-east and Asia.

The escalation in rhino poaching has amply exposed the weaknesses of current rhino protection measures. Technological innovations can offer exciting opportunities of bolstering rhino anti-poaching security measures.

Rhino stakeholders, very broadly defined, responded magnificently to the government’s invitation to discuss their concerns regarding the poachers’ onslaught on the South African rhino and to work together to devise strategies that could provide relief to, and rescue, the country’s embattled iconic mammal from the threat of extinction

Rhino dialogues consist of the views of organisations and individuals with an interest and stake in the sustainable conservation of the rhino population in South Africa. The aim of these dialogues is to solicit well-considered views on how best to secure the protection, safety and sustainable conservation of the rhinos in the country.

 

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Purpose

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs was authorised by Cabinet in July 2013 to explore the feasibility of South Africa tabling a proposal for the legalisation of commercial international trade in rhino horn at the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016.

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa introduced the Committee of Inquiry tasked with investigating the feasibility of a trade in rhino horn On 22 January 2015 and announced the names of panel members on 10 February 2013 following completion of pre-screening by the State Security Agency (SSA). The names of the committee members were announced following completion of pre-screening by the State Security Agency (SSA).

The Panel of Experts was established to assist the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) appointed by Cabinet to deliberate on the matters relating to a possible trade in rhino horn. The Committee of Inquiry embarks on its work ahead of the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2016. In the coming months the committee will engage with relevant stakeholders before submitting a set of recommendations to the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC).

Due to the technical nature of the issues to be discussed by the Committee of Inquiry, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been established. The TAC, comprising the Directors-General of the Departments of the Ministries represented in the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), will facilitate the processes and ensure that both technical and strategic matters are adequately addressed before reports and or recommendations are submitted to the IMC for consideration.

The IMC will meet as soon as the Committee of Inquiry and the TAC have finalised reports for its consideration. It is important to emphasize that South Africa has not taken a position on the issue, and will not do so until the committee has completed its work and presented its findings. Any proposal will be based on sound research, taking into account the terms of the London declaration.

 

Workshop agenda and presentations
 

Stakeholder Presentations to the Committee of Inquiry

Date: 25 – 27 March 2015
Venue: Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre
Time: 08:00

Facillitator: Mas N Ntuli

                                          Day 1: 25 March 2015
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction: Committee of Inquiry (Facilitator)
09:15 – 09:30 Purpose of the meeting (Facilitator)
 

 

Presentations to the Committee of Inquiry


Please note: 20 minutes have been allocated per presenter – the 20 minutes utilization is as
follows: 15 minutes presentation 5 minutes – questions for clarification from
Committee members

 

Day 1: 25 March 2015
Time Organisation / individual Download presentation
09:30 – 09:50 1. Scott "LB" Williams
09:50 – 10:10 2. AfriForum – Julius Kleynhans
10:10 – 10:30 3. Balepye / Selwane Communities – Dipati Benjamin Maenetja
10:30 – 10:50 Tea / coffee break  
10:50 – 11:10 4. Network for Animals – David Barritt 
11:10 – 11:30 5. Carmela Lattanzi
11:30 – 11:50 6. Cindy Harper
11:50 – 12:10 7. D Fick (Rolf Marquardt)
12:10 – 12:30 8. David Cook
12:30 – 12:50 9. Youth 4 African Wildlife – Fortunate Mafeta Phaka
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 14:20 10. Dex Kotze
14:20 – 14:40

11. Jane Wiltshire

14:40 – 15:00 12. Dave Andrews
15:00 – 15:20 13. Eco Ranger – Johan Strauss
15:20 – 15:40 14. Ecolife – Wouter van Hoven
15:40 – 16:00 15. WildAid – Adam Welz
16:00 – 16:20 16. Wildlife Ranching South Africa – Jacques Malan
16:20 – 16:40 17. John Hanks
16:40 – 17:00 18. Mkambati Matters – Colin Bell  
     
 
 
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Day 2: 26 March 2015
Time Organisation / Individual Download presentation
08:00 – 08:20 19. Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) – Andrew Taylor
08:20 – 08:40 20. Wild and Free – Margot Stewart
08:40 – 09:00 21. Greater Kuduland Safaris – Howard Knott & Pieter Slabbert
09:00 – 09:20 22. Bean Attorneys – Chris Bean
09:20 – 09:40 23. John Hume
09:40 – 10:00 24. Kim Da Ribeira - Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching
10:00 – 10:20 25.  Mankwe Wildlife Reserve – Dougal MacTavish
10:20 – 10:40 Tea / cofee break  
10:40 – 11:00 26. Marlene Martin  
11:00 – 11:20 27. Michael Eustace
11:20 – 11:40 28. National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSCPA) – Ainsley   Hay
11:40 – 12:00 29. Batobic Programme – Nico Oosthuizen
12:00 – 12:20 30. People & Parks Community Representative – M Molokwane
12:20 – 12:40 31. Piet Smit Warren (Pieter- Daan Cilliers)
12:40 – 13:10 32. Limpopo Rhino Security Group  - Franco D’Arrigo
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 14:20 33. Andrew Paterson Rhinose Foundation
14:20 – 14:40 34. Private Rhino Owners Association – Izak du Toit
14:40 – 15:00 35. Private Rhino Owners Association – Reubin Els
15:00 – 15:20 36. Thaba Tholo – Reubin Els
15:20 – 15:40 37. Resource Africa – D Ndebele
15:40 – 16:00 38. Save our Rhino – Loraine Liebenberg
16:00 – 16:20 39. Senzokuhle Community Based Organisation – Sbonelo Cele  
16:20 – 16:40 40. Eko Wild – Wilhelm Schack
     

 

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Day 3: 27 March 2015
Time Organisation / individual Download presentation
08:00 – 08:20 41. South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association – Lizanne Nel
08:20 – 08:40 42. South African Institute of International Affairs – Ross Harvey
08:40 – 09:00 43. Timbavati – Jacques Brits
09:00 – 09:20 44. Game Reserves United (GRU) – Jacques Brits
09:20 – 09:40 45. TRAFFIC - The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network – David Newton
09:40 – 10:00 46.  Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) (Lowveld Branch) – CJ Forrest
10:00 – 10:20 47. Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) (PE) – Morgan Griffiths
10:20 – 10:40 Tea / coffee break  
10:40 – 11:00 48. Andbeyond – Simon Naylor / Les Carlisle
11:00 – 11:20 49.  Conservation Action Trust – Francis Garrard
11:20 – 11:40 50. Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (University of Queensland, Australia) – Duan Biggs
11:40 – 12:00 51.   UNEP – Cecilie Njenga
12:00 – 12:20 52. Act Now South Africa (ANSA) – Chamu Muvheyo
12:20 – 12:40 53. Alex Kennaugh
12:40 – 13:10 54. Margie Kolver, Cheryl Cook, Monique Theron and Eugene Theron – One More Generation
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 14:20    
14:20 – 14:40    
14:40 – 15:00    
15:00 – 15:20    
15:20 – 15:40    
15:40 – 16:00    
16:00 – 16:20    
16:20 – 16:40    
16:40 – 17:00 Closure and way forward  
     

 

 

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