Many congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. The fact that you were asked to take on this vast portfolio speaks much for your track record. We wish you every success in the job and hope there will be opportunities for us to work together to help advance South Africa’s efforts to protect and conserve its wildlife. We represent organisations that are members of the Species Survival Network (SSN), and in particular its Rhinoceros and Elephant Working Groups. Founded in 1992, SSN is an international coalition of over 80 non- governmental organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a group of conservation organisations with extensive knowledge of, and decades of experience with, wildlife policy, particularly in relation to trade, we have prepared the attached briefing on the impacts of international trade on endangered species, in the hope that you will find the time to read and consider it. We have prepared it in the knowledge that poaching crises, however daunting they may appear, can be - and have been - dealt with successfully, provided that the full range of available tools are used and that policies that directly undermine efforts to conserve wildlife are not adoptedREAD MORE
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