When these species reduce in number, both ecosystems and different communities suffer the after-effects.
Key among the items on the agenda in this year’s meeting is competing for ideas on how to protect African elephants, which have seen a huge decline in numbers due to poaching over the past 20 years.
Kenya is proposing that all elephants in Africa be listed as Appendix I, the highest form of protection available to Cites.
According to KWS, “Elephants play an important role in balancing natural ecosystems. They trample forests dense grasslands, making room for smaller species, dig water holes used by other wildlife when rainfall is low help in seed dispersal through their dung.”
Kenya submitted five proposals for the listings of five endangered species; the African elephant, giraffe, pancake tortoise, sea cucumber the white-spotted wedge fish.
In a historic vote, CITES parties voted to end the capture and export of live wild African Elephants from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia for overseas zoos. Zimbabwe is currently the main exporter of baby Jumbos to zoos since 2012.