Wildlife Conservation: FG Engages Foreign Countries, Signs MoUs

The Federal Government says it will not relent in collaborating with relevant stakeholders both at national and regional levels in fighting illegal wildlife and forest trade through the mechanisms of investigation, enforcement, prosecution, and stockpile management.

Minister of Environment, Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, gave the assurance at the launch of the ‘National Strategy to Combat Wildlife and Forest Crime’.

Abdullahi described the development of the strategy as critical and timely.

He said Nigeria is now heeding to the demand of the international community for a well-structured guidelines, legislation and punishment for wildlife traffickers and other related forest crime perpetrators.

According to him, efforts are equally being made to explore diplomatic channels by engaging the embassies of key European and Asian countries noted as destinations for trafficked wildlife products, so as to assuage the demand pressure.

“Nigeria has also commenced signing of MoU with the Vietnamese government, a major stakeholder in the fight against wildlife and forest crime.

“Again, appreciable progress is being recorded in the signing of the Cooperation Framework Agreement on Transboundary Ecosystems Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forestry and Wildlife Resources with Cameroun,” the Environment disclosed.

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