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Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

Friday, 12th October 2018
H.E. Julius Peter Moto attending an international conference on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in London on 11 to 12 October 2018, hosted by UK Government.
President of Uganda, H.E Museveni is amongst the top dignitaries from Africa at the event. The others are President of Gabon, H.E Ali Bongo Ondimba and President of Botswana H.E Mokgweetsi Masisi. They delivered statements on IWT. There are over 1,200 delegates from all over the world at this conference.
Some Key Facts and figures on IWT:-
1. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth up to '17 billion a year (Source: European Commission, 2015);
2. Illegal ivory trade activity worldwide has more than doubled since 2007 (CITES, 2013);
3. Most African elephant poaching happens in Central Africa where poaching rates are twice the continental average (CITES, 2013)
Elephant population drastically decreased to less than 1,000 by 1985. To date, there are over 6000 jumbos in the national parks of Uganda, thanks to the conservation efforts of the Government of Uganda.
4. There have been substantial increases in rhino poaching in Africa in the past ten year ' a minimum of 1,338 rhino were killed for their horn across Africa in 2015, the worst on record, and in 2016 the figure is believed to have fallen slightly, but poaching continues to be at an unacceptable level (IUCN,2016);
5. The lives of those working hard to protect endangered wildlife are also at risk; in the last year, over 100 rangers have died in the line of duty, many at the hands of poachers (International Ranger Federation, 2017);
6. There are believed to be as few as 3200 wild tigers remaining across their Asian range, more than a 95% decline from just over 100 years ago (UNODC, 2017);
7. Approximately 277,000 pangolins have been illegally traded since 2000, of which 137,870 were traded between 2005 and 2015 (CITES, 2017).