European Parliament today approved plans to tackle wildlife trafficking on eve of World Wildlife Day

02-Mar-2017 @ 12:30

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

European Parliament today approved plans to tackle wildlife trafficking on eve of World Wildlife Day

On the eve of World Wildlife Day, the European Parliament has approved Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin’s proposals to use trade policy to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.

The report calls for improved use of customs technology at all stages of the supply chain and stresses the need for a coordinated international response to ensure the EU is in step with the World Trade Organisation and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Ms McClarkin, the party’s International Trade spokesman, said: “I am very pleased that the European Parliament has endorsed my report today. This vote will help to ensure the sustainability of wildlife so future generations are not deprived of the beauty and diversity of our environment.

“On the eve of the World Wildlife Day, this large majority sends a strong message that we are serious about ending wildlife crime and that it remains a key political priority. This at a time when the scale of this crime is unprecedented and if this surge continues it threatens to overturn decades of hard won conservation gains.”

It is estimated that the criminal activity has a value of between €8 and €20 billion a year. The illicit trade has a detrimental impact on the development of the rule of law and of good governance, leading to a dangerous destabilisation of the security of affected countries.

Ms McClarkin added: “We must take action not only to stop the devastating effect the trade is having on our biodiversity but to cut off this source of financing for the corrupt and the criminal."

The Parliament’s endorsement provides the European Commission with a strong mandate for action.

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