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UNEP mourns loss of NICK CARTER, conservationist

NAIROBI, 21 March 2000 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has learned with shock and profound sadness of the death of Nick Carter, on Thursday 16 March 2000. Mr. Carter had been ailing for some time. An award-winning advocate for African Wildlife, he devoted much of his life to the cause of combating the illegal trade in wildlife species.

Nick worked tirelessly in wildlife conservation. In the 1970s he doggedly pursued companies that killed whales illegally ž a process known as pirate whaling. More recently, his focus turned to the illegal African trade in tusks, horns and hides, which according to Interpol statistics, is worth as much as $5 billion a year. Nick Carter was determined to confront this problem. He was one of the initiators of Africa's first Conference of Wildlife enforcement officers in 1992. That Conference led to the development of the Lusaka Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora.

Nick's devotion to the cause of wildlife conservation in Africa and beyond, won recognition both in his adopted homeland, Zambia, and internationally as well. In 1997 he won the prestigious Goldman Prize. Nick received a sum of $75,000 from this foundation. In keeping with his commitment and zeal for animal conservation, he gave the money to individuals and groups supporting conservation. Nick also served as an advisor to the Zambian Government on wildlife matters.

His colleagues at UNEP will fondly remember Nick for his zeal and commitment to the Lusaka Agreement which also received a portion of his winnings to ensure the Task Forcežs smooth operation.

UNEP owes Nick Carter a huge debt that can only be repaid by continuing the fight for the same goals to which Nick dedicated his life. He will be missed by his colleagues at UNEP, the Government of Zambia, the Parties to the Lusaka Agreement, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force and his fellow Conservationists.

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For further information, please contact: Donald Kaniaru, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya; tel.: (254 2) 623507, fax: 230198; email: donald.kaniaru@unep.org or Tore. J. Brevik, UNEP Spokesman and Director of Communications and Public Information, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya; tel.: (254 2) 623292; fax: 623692; email: cpiinfo@unep.org

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