Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta has said African countries’ voices should be heard when it comes to conservation matters, stressing that the decision of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to ban the international trade of ivory will not help conservation. Shifeta while addressing the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside Intergroup in Brussels, Belgium said that individual countries banning hunting, imports of trophies or burning of stockpiles of trophies will not help conservation. He said such measures will merely prove to be detrimental to conservation and livelihoods of rural communities.
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