M’sia Submits Proposal To Allow International Trade Of Crocodiles

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has submitted a proposal to allow international trade
of crocodiles from the wild at the 17th Conference of Parties, Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in
Johannesburg, South Africa.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku
Jaafar said the goal of the proposal was to enable a strictly controlled
population while retaining viable wild populations.

“Currently, Malaysia conducts the trading of crocodiles from CITES
registered crocodile farms and international trade of crocodiles from the wild
is not permitted,” he said at the Ministerial Lekgotla meeting, in conjuction
with the 17th CITES, Friday.

His speech was emailed here today.

Elaborating further, Wan Junaidi said non-detrimental findings (NDF)
showed wild population of saltwater crocodile had increased significantly over
the last 30 years due to successful conservation actions.

“This has caused conflict with humans, where incidents of crocodile
attacks have increased especially in the state of Sarawak where viability of
communities is dependent on rivers, which are used for daily life activities
such as transportation and economic resources.

“For that reason, we hope that Malaysia’s proposal to downlisting our
saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) will be fully supported,” he said.

Wan Junaidi in the speech also stressed on Malaysia’s high commitment in
curbing illegal wildlife trafficking, especially trade of African Elephant
ivory, so as to ensure the world’s valuable resources are sustainably protected
and conserved.

“We will ensure continuous efforts in implementing our National Ivory Action
Plan (NIAP) which is to assist in combating the illegal trade in ivory.

“In relation to that, Malaysia has conducted a special event to destroy our
confiscated ivory stockpiles on 14th April 2016,” he said.

The move, he said, will hopefully convey the message that Malaysia does not
condone wildlife crimes and that the nation would make sure that smuggled
ivory will never enter the market and consequently not commercially viable.

The 17th meeting of the CITES is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa
from Sept 24 to Oct 5, 2016.

With 181 Parties, CITES remains one of the world’s most powerful tools for
biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and
flora.
— BERNAMA

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