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DO YOU CARE IF OUR WILDLIFE HERITAGE SURVIVES?

UNDERSTAND THE ANSWER TO THE THREATS FACING OUR PARKS, SANCTURIES AND THEIR INHABITANTS:

THE COLD INDISPUTABLE TRUTH

By 2100 there will be 4 billion people in Africa. Our parks are threatened by the disenfranchised local rural communities: unless their aspirations are fairly addressed very soon parks and sanctuaries WILL disappear.

Across the continent, loss of wildlife habitat, due to the indifference towards Legal Trading in Wildlife Products (LTWP) and the consequential lack of community inclusion, drive the rapid decline of our wildlife heritage. NOT poaching or hunting these can be controlled and managed if LTWP becomes a reality.

African Custodians of Wildlife have been denied their rights to make critical, legal, scientifically sound and ethical decisions that impact directly upon the very exitance of our precious environmental assets.

The Western, neo-colonial, donate and dictate principal has enslaved Arica and proved to be a disaster:  For over 40 years the CITES ban on the legal sale of rhino horn has created the rhino crisis we now face.

THE WAY FORWARD (IN THE SPIRIT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE)

Wildlife must sustain its own existence through LTWP. The MOST reliable Scientists, Conservationists and Wildlife Economists agree that there is no other way:

Our goal must be to create the economic infrastructure that will provide the funds necessary to avoid the ultimate collapse of our precious African resources. LTRS has the expertly crafted blueprint for this.

African Leaders, at recent High-Level Meetings have agreed to drive a powerful new African initiative to take back the right to manage their own affairs; resetting the agenda for natural resources management.

Their aim is to reduce poverty at household level, turn wildlife into an ethical rural and economic engine, through LTWP, and develop strong community institutions to govern wildlife sanctuaries.  Sustainable funding of this initiative would be based on an internationally debated and accepted LTWP protocol.

GIANT ECONOMIC BOOST TO PROVIDE THE FUNDS NECESSARY

The Wildlife Ranching Industry in SA turns over about R100 Billion per annum. SA is an international leader in this field. Our wildlife population, including many threatened species, increased by more than 500% in 10 years, while anti-trade countries like Kenya have shamefully seen their populations decline by 80%.

Respected SA Economists say that the LTWP could generate more than a trillion Rand for South Africa over the next five years, thus dealing a severe blow to illegal trade and negating the possible extinction of species.

CITES MUST RECOGNISE THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ALLOW LEGAL, ETHICAL, AUDITED, WISELY MANAGED, GOVT APPROVED, SUSTAINABLE AND PROFITABLE TRADE IN WILDLIFE PRODUCTS; AS PROPOSED BY THE EXPERTISE WITHIN THE LTRS. THEY IGNORE THIS AT THE PERIL OF OUR AFRICAN WILDLIFE HERITAGE

M.G. (Thug) Haines – Executive Officer LTRS

Cell:  072 547 0258   Email:  mghaines@wandata.com

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