Fijian border control workers urged to safeguard endangered species

Participants of the Ministry of Environment workshop in Labasa yesterday - Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Ministry of Environment’s permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe has urged border control workers to protect and safeguard endangered species in the country, preventing any cause for smuggling out of Fiji.

In opening the enforcement training on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered and Protected Species Act (2002) (CITES) in Labasa yesterday, he told participants from the Fiji Police Force, FIRCS, Ministry of iTaukei, Labasa Town Council and border control officers that the ministry had a big task ahead to safeguard such species.

“Averting this crisis depends not only on action by the Ministry of Environment but through consolidated effort and cooperation from all relevant authorities,” Mr Wycliffe said.

“The CITES is a legally binding treaty that is by far the most effective international legal instrument to protect wildlife and ensuring that trade will not result in the over exploitation of wild animals, plants either terrestrial or aquatic.”

 

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