Clinton unveils $80m effort to protect elephants in Malawi and other African nations

The Clinton Global Initiative  (CGI) and its partners  on Thursday  announced to make available US$80 million for preservation of African Elephants  to  stop the ivory poaching  which threatens animals with extinction.

Announcing the effort in New York, former United States secretary of state, Hillary  Clinton and her daughter  Chelsea said the money will be used to hire and train 3,100 park rangers at 50 sites in eastern and central Africa including Malawi; to fund sniffer-dog teams along the top smuggling routes; and to train law-enforcement officials and judges responsible for prosecuting international trafficking gangs.

The CGI is looking to raise an additional $70m for the anti-poaching plan over the next three years.

More than seven Heads of State and Government attends the Clinton Global Initiative Save Africa's Elephants Event at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel -pic by Lisa Vintulla

More than seven Heads of State and Government attends the Clinton Global Initiative Save Africa’s Elephants Event at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel -pic by Lisa Vintulla

According  to CGI.  There is a growing demand for ivory in China and Asia has contributed to the continued slaughter of African Elephants.

President Joyce Banda together with Heads of State from Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, Gabon, Senegal and Cameroon attended the meeting which took place on the  sidelines of the CGI  Annual General Meeting.

Commenting on the news, Presidential Press Secretary Steven Nhane said: “Elephants are a big asset for the tourism industry especially in Malawi where tourism is also one of the five pillars under the economic reform programme. So the funds are for a very good cause and will help boost the tourism industry on the continent.”

About 285,000 elephants – or two-thirds of the entire elephant population in Africa – live in the targeted areas. The money will also be used to lobby for a ban on all commercial ivory sales until elephant populations are brought back to healthy levels in Africa, conservation leaders said.

There were roughly 1.2million Elephants in Africa in 1980 compared to roughly 420,000 last year.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton &  Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative Save Africa's Elephants event held in  New York Times Square  -pic by Lisa Vintulla

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton & Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative Save Africa’s Elephants event held in New York Times Square -pic by Lisa Vintulla

President Joyce Banda in attendance at the Clinton Global Initiative save Africa's Elephants Event held in New York -pic by Lisa Vintulla

President Joyce Banda in attendance at the Clinton Global Initiative save Africa’s Elephants Event held in New York -pic by Lisa Vintulla

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