Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), has expressed its disgust towards the European Union (EU) for missing “a golden opportunity to protect elephants” in Africa.
In a statement, FFW blamed the EU which is makes the 28-country bloc vote to have “ultimately determined the outcome.”
Although the EU claimed that the range countries of the species were against stronger protection, FFW insisted that that was “a misrepresentation of facts since the proposal in question was submitted on behalf of countries representing 70% of the African elephant range.”
The NGO also accused committees officials of outright partiality and conferring the issue lesser importance than it deserved.
“Furthermore, the Chairman of the Committee in which the debate raged, failed to demonstrate the impartiality expected of him by often giving the floor to the countries of southern Africa, all who favour reopening the trade in ivory.
“In contrast, the proposal to ban trade, which was submitted by the other African range states under the banner of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), was dealt with in just 20 minutes. It is appalling that CITES member states did not give the issue of the African elephant’s survival the importance it deserves.”
The Swiss organization also claimed that “while the proposals calling for the reopening of the international ivory trade were overwhelmingly rejected, the Parties of the international Convention at CITES-CoP18 did not take the necessary steps to provide the full protection to African elephants. This went contrary to the view of the majority of African countries in which the species lives.”
About CoP18 & FFW
CITES-CoP18 is the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Fondation Franz Weber (FFW), is a Switzerland based NGO with the aim of preserving the sites threatened by local entrepreneurs has often mobilized the international press and the worldwide public. It has also organized activities to raise awareness among local communities, programmes for the promotion of renewable resources and sustainable development. The protection of animals and their natural habitat is also included in the campaign and action programmes promoted by the FFW.
This article was first published by Headway News