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Masisi attends London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

STAFF WRITER
Masisi PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
President Mokgweetsi Masisi is leaving for London today at the invitation of the United Kingdom government to attend the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018.

The conference scheduled for October 10 to 12, 2018 is expected to bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. According to the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation the conference will focus on three key themes: 

*Tackling illegal wildlife trade as serious organised crime

*Building coalitions; and

*Closing markets. 

“It will be recalled that Botswana has, along with several other countries, committed to taking decisive and urgent action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade in endangered fauna and flora. This is in recognition of

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the significant scale and detrimental economic, social and environmental consequences of the illegal trade in wildlife. As a result, Botswana has, over the years, made a number of policy advances to promote wildlife management and conservation,” the press release read. 

The conference will provide the necessary platform for Masisi to share Botswana’s experiences and successes in dealing with illegal wildlife trade. Cabinet Ministers, Tshekedi Khama and Unity Dow and senior government officials accompany Masisi.



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