Jornal de Angola
September 12, 2018

A diagnosis of poaching in the Maiombe National Park in Cabinda is being
prepared by the Ministry of the Environment under the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

According to Angop, who quotes the director of the National Institute of
Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, Aristofanes Fontes, the initiative
arises to strengthen the legislative framework for the implementation of
CITES and the implementation of the law on wildlife crime in Angola.

Aristofanes Fontes said the program is also intended to help conserve
CITES-listed threatened species, which are victims of poaching in the
Maiombe National Park, as well as those that may enter illegal traffic
markets.

“These include the African gray parrot, the leopard, the white-bellied
pangolin and the giant pangolin,” he said, adding that the central
chimpanzee, the lowland gorilla and the forest elephant in sharing the same
habitat face similar risks and, as such, should also be protected.

The project includes specific activities such as strengthening the
legislative framework for the implementation of CITES and the law on
wildlife crime, the improvement of specific formations that develop
national capacity and effectiveness in the implementation of the
Convention, as well as the development of a licensing system and a database
of law enforcement.

In 2016, Angola issued a number of wildlife-related decrees and closed the
market in Benfica, one of the largest centers that traded ivory and various
wildlife (live and produce).

These actions, added Aristofanes Fontes, demonstrate the commitment and the
necessary political will of the Angolan Government to face the global
crisis of the traffic of wildlife.

The project includes the establishment of the Wildlife Crimes Unit in
Angola and the adoption of an Action Plan for Wildlife Crimes, creating a
conducive environment for enhanced implementation of CITES and convictions
for wildlife crime.