SOUTH AFRICA: ANGOLA SUCCEEDS AT CITES COP 17

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment for Biodiversity, Paula Francisco Coelho, has said that Angola was victorious of the 17th Conference on Biodiversity Conservation by defending the permanence of certain species of the fauna and flora in the list being subject to full protection and excluded from any kind of trade.

He told the reporters while assessing the participation of Angola in the Convention of the Conference on International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora Species (CITES COP17) held in South Africa, from Sept. 24 to Oct.4.

Paula Francisco Coelho said that Angola, through its national position, reaffirmed at this conference, the maintenance of its animals and plants population that were already included in the list of species of full protection, contrary to the proposal of some countries wishing to move them to the category of partial protection and regulated trade, citing as an example the manatee, the gray parrot and rosewood.

The Secretary of State also said that Angola participated in several parallel events, among them, it discussed the preservation of gray parrot, taking into account its scope and territorial occupation.

The activity co-organized by the delegations of Angola and Gabon had the support of some non-governmental organizations, in what is the world’s concern to preserve the species in its natural habitat, it is exposed to wildlife.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK