Africa vs Africa conflict dominates CITES summit


The Southern African region is having a tough time at the ongoing CITES summit in Panama, as a strong West African bloc has led opposition to several key proposals the region is pursuing for its wildlife.

Information coming out of the Conference of Parties (CoP), CITES’ (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) highest decision-making meeting held every three years, indicates that key proposals being pursued by Botswana and its regional neighbours have suffered setbacks.

The proposals include a once-off ivory sale of government-owned ivory stockpiles with the restriction that the funds are used for conservation initiatives. The last such sale took place in 2008 and before that, another sale was permitted in 1999.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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