Ivory Smuggler Sentenced to 20 Years by Tanzanian Court

A Tanzanian court sentenced a Chinese ivory smuggler to 20 years of jail. The exemplary sentence follows Tanzania recent crackdown on poaching.

According to the 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitive Report by the World Economic Forum, the top 4 countries in the world for the richness of their natural resources are Brazil, Australia, the United States and Tanzania.

However the report also indicates that protecting the country’s rich fauna remains challenging, as demonstrated by the low rank (110th) for the percentage of threatened species in the country.

Recently Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been increasingly involved in anti-poaching campaigns by actively participating to conferences aimed at tackling the issue.

Tanzania will host an Elephant Conference summit on May 9th and 10th 2014 to analyze the current poaching trend affecting the country and draft an action plan.