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China's Involvement Crucial to Strengthen Protection of Africa's Wildlife

A strategic engagement between China and African nations to strengthen protection of iconic wildlife species is critical, the Executive Director of UNEP Achim Steiner said on Wednesday.

During an exclusive interview with Xinhua in Nairobi ahead of World Wildlife Day to be observed on March 3rd, Steiner said China is a critical partner in efforts to tackle threats facing Africa's wildlife treasures.

"We commend China's efforts to curb illegal trafficking of ivory through better monitoring and screening mechanisms alongside public awareness, though Chinese demand and continued illegal trade for wildlife products into China still remains a challenge," Steiner remarked.

Megan Coughlin

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