Good morning Mr Chair,
Thank you for the opportunity and thank you to Switzerland for standing in, in hosting this CoP, after the tragic events in Sri Lanka earlier this year
We are all now ready to go back home;
Personally, I will be going back to south Africa – the African continent.
Despite what many other NGO’s have said about the successes of COP-18, when we look back at the past week or so, we may all have reason to leave the Convention rather negative.
Negative, because science don’t seem to play a role anymore;
Negative, because it seems as if there is an actual attack on pro-sustainable use and countries supporting sustainable use;
Negative, because countries who are not range states for many of the species, have the right to decide how those species should be managed, most probably driving it into extinction, rather than protecting the wildlife.
What might seems as a “win” or victory to NGO’s or even parties,
who did not support science-based proposals, is a loss for Africa’s wildlife and people. Thank you, Mr Chair.
24 October 2019
President, WRSA: Mr Tebogo Mogashoa, firstname.lastname@example.org CEO, WRSA: Adri Kitshoff-Botha, email@example.com