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Vietnam snubs SA on key rhino poaching agreement

Vietnam has failed to sign a law-enforcement and biodiversity
agreement with South Africa aimed at curbing escalating levels of
rhino poaching.
The memorandum of understanding – which has been under discussion
between to the two countries since September last year – was due to be
signed during an international biodiversity conference which ends on
Friday in Hyderabad, India.

But South Africa's department of environmental affairs confirmed to
the Mail & Guardian this week the signing had been called off, with
spokesperson Roopa Singh claiming Vietnam's relevant government
minister was "not available" to sign it.

Singh said discussions with Vietnam would continue in the hope the
memorandum could be signed before the end of the year.

The news came as South Africa announced that poaching levels had
reached a record high, with 455 rhinos killed since the beginning of
the year, eclipsing last year's figure of 448.