The future of the African elephant under discussion in Cotonou (Benin)



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“The African elephant is threatened with extinction.” This is a concern expressed by the Minister of the Environment of Benin this Monday, November 2, 2015, in Cotonou. Worou Theophilus chaired the opening ceremony of the meeting of the Coalition for the African Elephant.

Delegates from twenty-six countries, coalition members, want to take action for the conservation of elephant endangered due to poaching, Asian ivory trafficking, and animal crime. According to the president of the Coalition for the African elephant, Benedict Doumba, the Cotonou meeting is a consensus to unite the voice of Africa in the context of international instruments for wildlife protection.

“The realities are very sad but we need more than ever we tighten together and work to further develop partnerships with all who can lend us a hand. There are therefore very essential that we can give us a common position in order to weigh heavily in the decision-making on a global scale.” The experts meeting in Cotonou have the opportunity to prepare the proposals and expectations of Africa at the sixth session of the Standing Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora threatened with extinction Committee (CITES).–