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Protecting Endangered Species Is Everyone’s Responsibility: Wycliffe

Mr Wycliff said a service-oriented culture was important for a person or organisation who was part of the CITES convention.
09 Apr 2021 14:27
Protecting Endangered Species Is Everyone’s Responsibility: Wycliffe
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Joshua Wycliffe (back row second from left) along with the participants from border control, enforcement organizations and government ministries during the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) in Labasa on April 7, 2021. Photo: Sampras Anand

The importance of protecting our endangered species and wildlife and regulating the inflow of invasive species to our shores is a major responsibility.

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Joshua Wycliffe during the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) in Labasa on Wednesday.

“You don’t want the species of our country to end up somewhere else on someone else’s table because they belong to us,” Mr Wycliffe said.

He said for those people who were responsible for taking care of these species, it was important that they signed up for the (CITES) convention.

Mr Wycliff said a service-oriented culture was important for a person or organisation who was part of the CITES convention.

He said protecting our endangered species and plants was part of reclaiming our country’s national space.

“CITES is a legally binding treaty that is by far the most effective international legal instrument around the world,” Mr Wycliff added.

The CITES convention was established back in 1972 and came into force in 1975 with the aim to regulate and protect wildlife by controlling international trade.

CITES currently has 183 members part of the convention.

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