New EU support to protect endangered species in developing countries
A new programme that will reduce illegal killing of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species in other regions has today been launched with EU support. The project will receive about €12 million of EU funds to strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, to provide training and support on law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings, and to establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
The programme, being presented at the African Elephant Summit (2-4 December) in Botswana, is supported by both European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik, showing the strong and coordinated commitment of the EU to protect biodiversity, and especially in the countries most in need.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs commented: “Illegal killing of endangered species is currently one of the major threats to wildlife in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. It involves heavily armed and organized criminal networks, which contribute to insecurity and therefore hamper development. This calls for a coherent approach with a view to tackling the threats both to biodiversity and security in these three regions.
For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-1193_en.htm