Tanzania in dilemma over a bid to sell its ivory stockpile


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When representatives from African elephant range countries and conservation experts are set to meet in Botswana next week to discuss the future of African elephant, Tanzania is in dilemma over the sale of tons of ivory stockpile stored in the capital city of Dar es Salaam.

To address the escalating poaching of African elephants, the International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) has convened a meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, from 2nd to 4th December this year and which will be opened by Botswana president, Ian Seretse Khama. It is expected that some African Heads of State will attend the meeting, parallel with key conservationists from donor states.

But, the Tanzanian government is in dilemma over a bid to sale its 137 tons ivory stockpile, worth over US$ 80 million, and stored in a tight security Ivory Room in Dar es Salaam. The government is lobbying to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat to allow this African elephant range state to sale its ivory stockpile.


Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Mr. Khamis Kagasheki said this week that a prompt decision by CITES will enable Tanzania to dispose its huge ivory stockpile to raise more funds for conservation wildlife. A bid to sale the ivory stockpile flopped in 2010 during the CITES Conference of parties which met in Doha, Qatar where the Tanzanian government submitted its proposal to sale the ivory lot.

Tanzania wanted to sell the ivory to trading partners that have been already designated by the CITES Standing Committee, as having sufficient national legislation and domestic trade controls to ensure that the imported ivory will not be re-exported and will be managed in accordance with CITES requirements concerning domestic manufacturing and trade.

The recent ivory seizures made by the militarized operation have added more ivory to the stockpile. Authorities have recently intercepted a largest consignment of ivory in the island of Zanzibar. During the meeting in Gaborone, delegates will discuss the best options to raise public awareness on anti-poaching. Tanzania and Kenya are the leading nations in East Africa where poaching of elephants is escalating.

Mr. Kagasheki said Tanzania government efforts in the anti-poaching fight is facing a myriad of challenges, including insufficient funds to curb poaching, inadequate awareness of environmental crime among law enforcing agencies, lucrative illegal markets for poaching syndicates, corruption and lack of political will to support anti- poaching efforts.

Source: Tanzania in dilemma over a bid to sell its ivory stockpile - eTurboNews.com
 
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Tanzania haiwezi kukosa soko huko kwa wachina
 
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When representatives from African elephant range countries and conservation experts are set to meet in Botswana next week to discuss the future of African elephant, Tanzania is in dilemma over the sale of tons of ivory stockpile stored in the capital city of Dar es Salaam.

To address the escalating poaching of African elephants, the International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN) has convened a meeting in Gaborone, Botswana, from 2nd to 4th December this year and which will be opened by Botswana president, Ian Seretse Khama. It is expected that some African Heads of State will attend the meeting, parallel with key conservationists from donor states.

But, the Tanzanian government is in dilemma over a bid to sale its 137 tons ivory stockpile, worth over US$ 80 million, and stored in a tight security Ivory Room in Dar es Salaam. The government is lobbying to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretariat to allow this African elephant range state to sale its ivory stockpile.


Tanzanian minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Mr. Khamis Kagasheki said this week that a prompt decision by CITES will enable Tanzania to dispose its huge ivory stockpile to raise more funds for conservation wildlife. A bid to sale the ivory stockpile flopped in 2010 during the CITES Conference of parties which met in Doha, Qatar where the Tanzanian government submitted its proposal to sale the ivory lot.

Tanzania wanted to sell the ivory to trading partners that have been already designated by the CITES Standing Committee, as having sufficient national legislation and domestic trade controls to ensure that the imported ivory will not be re-exported and will be managed in accordance with CITES requirements concerning domestic manufacturing and trade.

The recent ivory seizures made by the militarized operation have added more ivory to the stockpile. Authorities have recently intercepted a largest consignment of ivory in the island of Zanzibar. During the meeting in Gaborone, delegates will discuss the best options to raise public awareness on anti-poaching. Tanzania and Kenya are the leading nations in East Africa where poaching of elephants is escalating.

Mr. Kagasheki said Tanzania government efforts in the anti-poaching fight is facing a myriad of challenges, including insufficient funds to curb poaching, inadequate awareness of environmental crime among law enforcing agencies, lucrative illegal markets for poaching syndicates, corruption and lack of political will to support anti- poaching efforts.

Source: Tanzania in dilemma over a bid to sell its ivory stockpile - eTurboNews.com
The said "majirani zetu" ndio waliongoza kampeni ya kupinga sisi kuuza hiyo stockpile mwaka 2010 wakitaka yatudodee--roho mbaya tu!! Tuombe Mungu this time wasinzie!!
 

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