Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Southern Africa: Rhino Poaching a Concern to the Region

DEPUTY Namibian Prime Minister Marco Hausiku has warned that cross-border rhino poaching could reverse the big success made in rhino protection in southern Africa.

"Rhino poaching is a cause for concern for all the range states and it needs all our attention and focus to address it," said Hausiku when he opened a meeting of SADC ministers responsible for natural resources, wildlife, fisheries and forestry in Windhoek yesterday morning.

Hausiku said the region was successful in bringing rhino species back from the brink of extinction, but it looks like poaching is going to reverse this success.

He said cross-border environmental crimes in southern Africa are becoming problematic as they erode the gains made over the past decade.

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