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DEFF Shines Light on International Trade of Rhino Horn

September 15, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

The environment, forestry and fisheries department has declared that the international commercial trade of rhino horn, and derivatives, remains prohibited in terms of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and South Africa’s CITES regulations of 2010.

In a statement, the department pointed out that any “claims to the contrary are a misrepresentation of the facts regarding commercial international trade in rhino horn”.

It added that any planned commercial trade of rhino horn by private rhino owners could possibly only be for domestic trade.

According to the environment, forestry and fisheries minister, Barbara Creecy, the High Level Panel is currently reviewing, among others, policy and practice matters of trade, breeding, hunting and handling of rhinos in South Africa.

The panel will make recommendations to the minister on the matter.

Meanwhile, speaking at a Circular Economy Webinar in celebration of SA Recycling Week, the minister highlighted the recent approval by cabinet of the National Waste Management Strategy 2020.

According to the minister, the National Waste Management Strategy 2020 is aimed at “promoting the waste hierarchy and circular economy principles, while achieving both socio-economic benefits and the reduction of negative environmental impacts”.

The three Pillars of the National Waste Management Strategy are promoting waste minimisation, efficient and effective waste services and awareness raising, compliance monitoring and enforcement.

The minister also mentioned that the department has received extensive comments on the draft amendments of the plastic carrier bags regulations.

An industry waste management plan for the waste tyre sector is on track with the department hoping to issue a version fully compliant with the regulatory environment before the end of 2020.