The WWF and the NFGA recently conducted two workshops to raise awareness of wildlife trafficking among Chinese nationals working in Kenya and Botswana. The workshops are part of a larger effort by the countries to cooperate on the issue of wildlife preservation. China has expanded investment in Africa, leading to incidences of ivory smuggling involving Chinese nationals. In response, the Chinese government has taken a number of actions, including a domestic ban on the trade of ivory. Kenya and Botswana are home to large numbers of migratory wild animals, including elephants.
- A workshop has been completed on wildlife trafficking in Africa among Chinese nationals living in Kenya and Botswana. It was supported by the Chinese embassies in Nairobi and Gaborone.
- About 200 Chinese Nationals that were working in state-owned industries, private businesses and residing in Kenya and Botswana attended the workshop held in March.
- In the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Chinese President Xi along with the Presidents of Kenya and Botswana agreed to work together.
“It noted that those convicted of wildlife crime faced harsh penalties in many African countries. Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia have all recently strengthened their penalties.”