The Chinese community and Chinese companies in South Africa donated tracking and GPS equipment to the African Pangolin Working Group (Photos by Li Jianguo)
A wildlife conservation cooperation conference aimed at promoting the establishment of a multilateral dialogue and exchange platform among governments, enterprises, academics and wildlife protection organizations took place on June 7 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
More than 100 officials and other stakeholders from China and Africa attended the conference, which also sought to encourage more public participation in the protection of wildlife in Africa.
Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian was on hand to stress the importance of wildlife protection.
"To show the firm determination and resolve of the Chinese Government on wildlife protection, we have put a comprehensive ban on all ivory and ivory products trade since December 31 last year, including those that are legally sourced," said Lin.
He reiterated that China follows the policy of "zero tolerance" on any crimes against wildlife protection.
Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian delivers a speech at the conference
Lin said that China attaches much importance to strengthening cooperation with African countries in combating crimes against wildlife.
"We are very happy to see that with our concerted and unremitting efforts, today in South Africa and Africa as a whole, we are hearing less cases of Chinese poaching elephants and rhinos, or smuggling ivory and rhino horn products," said Lin.
During the conference, the local Chinese community and Chinese companies donated 10 sets of tracking and GPS equipment to the African Pangolin Working Group to help with its research and anti-poaching operations.
The conference was sponsored by the Global Max Group, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation and Africa-China Report Project of the University of the Witwatersrand, and was supported by the local overseas Chinese organizations.