ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome
On Saturday September 24th, 2016 people throughout the world will march for elephants and rhinos while in Jinja the conservation fraternity will be rafting instead of marching.
Nile River Explorers (NRE) is once again dedicating a day to conservation with the intent of selling every seat on every boat and giving all the proceeds of the day to the Uganda Conservation Foundation and Rhino Fund Uganda.
Why Saturday September 24th, 2016?
This year’s march is timed to take place on the opening day of CITES CoP17. CITES is a global treaty enacted in the 1970s, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) aims to ensure the survival of endangered species threatened by international trade.
CITES decisions determine the rules governing the wildlife trade and have an enormous impact on endangered species. CoP17 (the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties) is the world’s largest and most influential meeting on international wildlife trade. It will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 24th September to 5th October 2016 and conservationists around the world are mobilizing a massive global presence to pressure delegates .