François Hollande commits France to the "urgent" fight against wildlife crime

France has become the first country within the European Union to follow in the footsteps of the United States. In our fight to protect endangered species, there are certain days that allow us to measure how far we have come and show that all the relentless efforts to inform, raise awareness, alert and provide suggestions are never in vain. 

Thursday 5th December 2013, is now one of these special days…

Unfortunately, this is not due to the fact that this date marks the complete end of poaching and trafficking which threaten the survival of numerous emblematic species such as the elephant, the rhino or even the tiger. However, it does pave the way forward in France and on the international arena to achieve this end goal.

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Indeed, on this day in Paris, on the occasion of the French Summit on Peace and Security in Africa, France pledged to, at the very highest level of government, fight against wildlife crime towards endangered species at a round table discussion dedicated to this issue in the presence of some twenty delegations of African Heads of State.

During his opening speech, the President of the Republic, François Hollande, recalled the urgent need to act now and revealed certain measures of the action plan that France commits itself to implement in order to effectively combat poaching and the trafficking of endangered species on a national, European and international scale.

With this ambitious and concrete action plan developed in collaboration with certain NGOs including IFAW, France has become the first country within the European Union to follow in the footsteps of the United States. 


For more information about IFAW efforts to stem the tide of wildlife crime, visit our campaign page.

*This post was translated from its French original.

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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
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Chief of Staff, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Vice President for International Operations
Vice President for International Operations
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy