Fighting Poverty will Check Illegal Wildlife Trade - Museveni

Prince William addressing guests during the fourth Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in London

Prince William addressing guests during the fourth Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in London

In a videotaped message, Prince Charles gave a short speech praising the work of his sons, noting that "I can only say here how proud I am of the role my elder son, William, has played as a leader in this area, helping to raise the issue higher up the global agenda, including working with the Chinese government on the introduction of the ivory ban".

Mr Museveni said that the issues of illegal wildlife trade can not be divorced from poverty and that countries must strive to get their people out of poverty through sustainable tourism, investments, trade, and industrialization, adding that the structure of the society in Africa needs to change as happened in Europe.

The "Mansion House Declaration" is being unveiled ahead of an worldwide conference on the illegal wildlife trade hosted by the UK Government, at which William is to give the keynote speech.

The conferences were started by the UK government and backed by Prince William's United for Wildlife nonprofit.

TRT World's Shamim Chowdhury reports.

"It is heartbreaking to think that by the time my children George, Charlotte, and Louis are in their twenties elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild".

Illegal trade in wildlife is one of the "most lucrative illegal businesses in the world", generating between US$7 billion to 23 billion per year. "It's our job to stop them", Sessions said.

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"We can not allow the illegal extermination of entire populations of species".

"It was also a stark and horrifying reminder of the global criminal network that profits on the back of it".

The First Lady recognized efforts by various members of the Fourth Estate in eradicating the illegal trade by profiling stories and supporting advocacy campaigns with local communities. The conference aimed at deliberating on how to combat illegal wildlife trade and trafficking is being hosted by UK Prime Minister, Thereza May.

"We are following the commodity".

David Fein, group general counsel at Standard Chartered and vice-chairman of the taskforce, said: "By following the money, financial institutions can help map the criminal networks and provide law enforcement with vital intelligence to support their investigations and prosecutions".

The global security community must realise that "wildlife is the most visible data point. that could lead us to other threats topping the priority list", she said.

The royal also says the fight to end wildlife crime can no longer be a priority only for conservationists. "These things do gradually build a certain momentum and political will".

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