US embassy cable - 02ABUJA1316

NIGERIA: PROTECTION OF MARINE TURTLES REMAINS GON POLICY

Identifier: 02ABUJA1316
Wikileaks: View 02ABUJA1316 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2002-04-25 14:15:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: EFIS ETRD SENV NI
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UNCLAS ABUJA 001316 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPT FOR OES/OMC: DHOGAN 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EFIS, ETRD, SENV, NI 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: PROTECTION OF MARINE TURTLES REMAINS GON 
POLICY 
 
REF: STATE 35245 
 
 
1. EconOff delivered reftel information March 6 to Minister 
of State for Environment Imeh Okopido.  In a letter dated 
April 19, the Minister responded that the Government of 
Nigeria remains committed to issues related to oceans and 
fresh water bio-diversity, particularly the protection of 
marine turtles.  The Minister confirmed that Nigeria is 
"constantly updating methods of harvesting our shrimp in our 
country that would guarantee the export of our shrimp to the 
US market." 
 
 
2. The Minister enclosed a copy of a memorandum he had sent 
to President Obasanjo April 16 that informed the President of 
the Ministry's ongoing commitment to conserve marine turtle 
species of the region.  According to the memo, the GON has 
played a key role in garnering support from other African 
nations to sign the Memorandum of Understanding concerning 
Conservation Measures for Marine Turtles of the Atlantic 
Coast of Africa, which was proposed at COP-6 in November 
1999. 
 
 
JETER 

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