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Parliamentary questions
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8 January 2015
Joint answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-009106/14 , E-009559/14
Question references: E-009106/2014, E-009559/2014

The EU is committed to the fight against wildlife trafficking and has been playing a leading role in addressing this problem for many years. The EU has notably provided substantial financial support for capacity-building, conservation and international enforcement cooperation and successfully pushed for the adoption of international comprehensive and concrete recommendations against wildlife trafficking, in particular in the context of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

In the light of the significant increase in wildlife trafficking globally, the Commission has adopted a communication on this issue(1), and has carried out a stakeholder consultation on the effectiveness of current measures and the future role of the EU in the global fight against wildlife trafficking. The Commission has just published a summary of the responses to the consultation(2) and will consider whether further action needs to be taken, including the added-value, possible form and content of an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.

At operational level, the Commission is currently defining a holistic strategy for Wildlife Conservation in Africa. The document serves as framework for the current programming and future mid-term review of EDF. The proposed activities include: (i) in-situ conservation for Key Priority Landscapes (see attached map with a pre-identification of about 120 sites), (ii) measures for combating illegal wildlife trade (in Europe, Africa and Asia), (iii) support to international organisations (CITES, UNODC…) and NGOs combating the organised crime, (iv) governance improvement, (v) capacity-building.

See annex : Annex

(1)COM(2014)0064 final of 7.2.2014, http://eurlex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/?qid=1407157822148&uri=CELEX:52014DC0064
(2)see http://ec.europa.eu/environment/cites/trafficking_en.htm

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