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Minister Edna Molewa to participate in World Leaders’ Dialogue on the extent and impact of the illegal wildlife trade

14 November 2014

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs. Edna Molewa, will participate in a World Leaders’ Dialogue entitled “The nature of crime – Extent and impact of illegal wildlife trade” on Monday, 17 November 2014. 

Illicit wildlife trade ranks among drug, human and arms trafficking as one of the most lucrative syndicate crimes worldwide.  This crime has been recognised as contributing to the extinction of species, disrupting critical ecosystem functions, undermining sustainable economic development and threatening communities, livelihoods and human health. 

The World Leaders’ Dialogue will explore the causes and effects of illegal wildlife trade, and new approaches and investments to combat it. It will explore how the issue extends far beyond wildlife crime to include trade in forest, agricultural and fishing products, fuel and more

Minister Molewa will explore the issue of rhino poaching in South Africa, the need to develop and implement integrated actions that includes community partnerships and collaboration across all spheres of government, nationally and internationally. 

The participants in this session are:

  • Facilitator: Mr Jeff Koinange, host, Kenya’s Television Network, KTN
  • H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon
  • Dr Rosie Cooney, Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
  • The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia
  • Ms Nadya Hutagalung, Co-founder, Let Elephants be Elephants, Singapore
  • Dr Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General
  • Hon Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
  • Mr Widodo Ramono, Executive Director, Rhino Foundation of Indonesia
  • Ms Mary Rice, Head, Environment Investigation Agency
  • Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES
  • Mr Sean Willmore, President, International Rangers’ Federation

South African media are invited to join the event by linking to the World Leaders’ Dialogue via Video and Audio Streaming by linking to:  

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Date:  17 November 2014 

Time:  08:30 SA Standard Time  (17:30 Australia Time) 

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