China helps teach how to counter illegal trade in wildlife

Chinese, British and South African government bodies are jointly putting on a course of instruction on the illegal trade in wildlife for southern African customs officers, including Angolans and Mozambicans, The Southern Times reports.

The southern African newspaper says the three-day course will begin in the South African city of Johannesburg tomorrow.

The report says the course is arranged by the Chinese State Forestry Administration, the British diplomatic mission in Pretoria, the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the South African Revenue Service.

The course will focus on improving enforcement of the law, countering corruption, enlisting the help of institutions outside government and closing down markets for illegally traded goods derived from wildlife.

Experts belonging to the Chinese State Forestry Administration have experience of identifying species and of coming up with innovations for protecting wildlife, The Southern Times says.