Kering snaps into action with ITC crocodile collaboration
Luxury goods giant Kering (formerly PPR) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have formed a new collaboration to develop a multi-year programme to support the monitoring and sustainable management of the trade in Nile crocodiles from Madagascar.
The programme’s goal is to support sustainable trade that contributes to economic opportunities, local livelihoods and the long-term conservation of crocodiles and their habitats.
Kering and the ITC will provide technical support and financial resources in collaboration with the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (CSG). The Madagascar Crocodile Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MCCSUP) will facilitate targeted activities in Madagascar to improve sustainable trade in crocodiles and help support the country’s regulatory obligations.
The MCCSUP will cover a range of projects that will deliver recommendations in a series of public reports that will drive the overall sustainability of the trade in Madagascar crocodile. This will include assessing the status of wild populations, monitoring wild egg collection for crocodile ranching operations, and examining options for enhancing benefits for local livelihoods from the trade.
“At Kering we are focused on supporting sustainable production systems across our global supply chain and ensuring sustainable sources of raw materials,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs at Kering. “As this new market for sourcing is opening up, we are pleased to be able to support the capacity building that will underpin the implementation of best practices in management of crocodile conservation, sustainable use and trade in Nile crocodiles from Madagascar.”
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