An interesting update on Rhino Poaching!
SOUTH AFRICA TO SIGN MoU WITH VIETNAM TO ADDRESS ONGOING SCOURGE IN POACHING AND OTHER ENVIRONMENT CRIMES
South Africa’s efforts to address the ongoing poaching of rhino for its horns will be taken to a new level when South Africa signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
COP 11 will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012.
This comes as the latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 373 rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year. The total number of arrests stands at 199.
Thus far, the Kruger National Park has lost 229 rhinos to poaching. Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers- collectively accounting for the loss of 117 rhinos.
The Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection will coverco-operation between South Africa and Vietnam in the field of biodiversity management, law enforcement, compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and other relevant legislation.
Rhino poaching statistics:
WELCOMES THE CONVICTION OF TWO POACHERS AND THEIR SENTENCING TO A COMBINED 58 YEARS
South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes the successful conviction of two suspected rhino poachers who appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court today (Friday, 31 August 2012). We also welcome the stiff sentences imposed i.e. to an effective 29 years each.