AUC and TRAFFIC Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

The African Union Commission (AUC) and TRAFFIC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect Africa’s wildlife from unsustainable and illegal harvest and trade

The parties will work together to support the policies of African Union Member States on the environment, wildlife management and trade. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The contribution that legal trade and use can make to the livelihoods and development of African people.

TRAFFIC will also collaborate with and support the AU Commission in the effective implementation of the Green Recovery Action Plan. Under this agreement, the parties will work together to support African Union Member States’ policies on the environment, wildlife management and trade, and conservation, and recognize that the loss of flora and wildlife affects the livelihoods of African people, especially during post-pandemic recovery. It acts as a framework to combat the illegal exploitation and trade of African wildlife with a common goal of protecting terrestrial flora and fauna, wetlands and marine ecosystems.

On the occasion of the signing, HE Josefa Sacko, AUC Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment (ARBE), said: “For the African Union, it is This is an important memorandum of understanding for safeguarding Africa’s wild biodiversity. . We look forward to deepening our already excellent collaboration with TRAFFIC and are welcoming TRAFFIC technical and policy support that stems from its evidence-based experience on how to keep the use and trade of harvested wild flora and fauna at legal and sustainable levels, and how best to combat any illegal trade and any over-exploitation threatening our biodiversity.

Existing TRAFFIC projects like Reducing Illegal Timber Exports are already working with communities living near forests with the legal knowledge and tools to reap the benefits of legal and sustainable forest management.

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