The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the R25.2 million it received this month from the Global Environment Facility, to fight rhino poaching.
The department states that the money will be used for, among other things, the ‘enhancement of forensic-based technologies’, including DNA identification of rhino horn.
The department will sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Pretoria to facilitate collaborations to stop the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching. According to the department, the money will be mainly used to help improve the capabilities of the university’s Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, and a broad suite of measures to combat rhino poaching.
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