German Government Commits to Enhancing Elephant Protection

German Government Commits to Enhancing Elephant Protection
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Hamburg, Germany

Today the German Bundestag voted by a large majority in favor of a cross-party resolution for improving the protection of elephants. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) has long demanded such a resolution due to the escalation of poaching in some African countries. It also sends an important signal to the EU, particularly in connection with the conference March 2013 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), where crucial decisions concerning elephants are planned.

“The measures planned by the Bundestag are an urgently needed and positive step in the fight against the rampant poaching,” says Robert Kless of IFAW Germany. “By so doing, Germany is playing a pioneering role in elephant protection in the European Union. Furthermore, it is our fervent hope the German government will actively engage in opposing any proposals to permit a continuance of the ivory trade, both in advance within the EU as well as at the upcoming CITES conference.”

The result of this vote is a binding Bundestag resolution that includes a commitment the German government will support African countries with elephant populations in their fight against poaching and the illegal trade in ivory. Further important elements of the resolution commit Germany to participate in international measures, for example, joint operations with Europol and Interpol, and improvements to the enforcement of regulations, especially in destination and transit countries. The government will also support projects that promote better protection of elephant habitats.

 

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia