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SA World Leader in Wildlife Conservation
South Africa is a world leader in the field of wildlife conservation through its active participation in multilateral environmental agreements such as CITES, says Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.
"Our country's unique system of protected area comprises roughly 5.5% of the country's surface area, six world heritage sites and four biosphere reserves," said Minister Radebe on Thursday at a post-Cabinet briefing.
He said out of 181 parties, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through the regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora.
He said this as South Africa prepares to host the 17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP17) on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The conference will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 24 September to 5 October 2016, where CITES Parties and observers are expected to engage in robust discussions and come up with resolutions that take forward the work already underway around the trade in flora and fauna.