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CITES parties to visit aloe ferox sustainabiity community project at Prince Albert

22 November 2016
 
The Department of Environmental Affairs will host a CITES and Livelihood workshop in South Africa in George in the Western Cape from 23 to 25 November 2016.
 
The 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Reade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), hosted in South Africa from 24 September to 4 October 2016, agreed that there was a need for the international wildlife trade organisation to expand the scope of its governance processes to include participation of local and indigenous communities, and the effective consideration of their needs.  
 
It was agreed to give this question more attention in preparation for the 18th Conference of Parties in Sri Lanka in 2019, where it is hoped that matter of livelihoods versus the increasing pressures on land and natural resources amidst the need to conserve and protect species and areas, will enjoy greater attention.
 
Parties to CITES had also agreed to recognise that people need to benefit from the sustainable utilisation of its natural resources, including from legal international trade.
 
The CITES and Livelihoods working group conducted in Colombia in February 2015 that resulted in the development of the CITES and Livelihoods toolkit to assist local authorities and communities in the development and mitigation of sustainable use measures.
 
Participants in the CITES and Livelihoods workshop will visit the Aloe Ferox community project in Albertina  in the Western Cape on 24 November 2016 to learn firsthand about the successful implementation of the sustainability project.
 
Media are invited to attend.
 
Date:    24 November 2016
Time:   08:30
Venue:  House of Aloes, Albertinia
 
To RSVP contact:
Eleanor Momberg
Cell: +27 83 400 5741
E-mail; emomberg@environment.gov.za
 
For media inquiries contact:
 Albi Modise
Cell: +27 83 490 2871