Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Central Africa

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  • Who we are

    Hands - darken to useConservation Justice aims to protect elephants in addition to other threatened species in Gabon from illegal hunting and wildlife trade by increasing the level of wildlife law enforcement nationwide and deterring potential elephant poachers and ivory traders from conducting these activities. Conservation Justice collaborates closely with LAGA (www.laga-enforcement.org) and follows its methods.

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  • Recidivist ivory traffickers arrested

    img-20150309-00938Yvon Thierry NANG and Casimir ONUOHA were arrestedearly in the week as they weere trying to sell an important quantity of ivory.

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    Yvon Thierry NANG is a known trafficker, since he was arrested in 2011. However, he was then not considered because the prosecution had focused on the major traffickers. This indicates that the current penalty level in terms of fully protected species is not efficient as traffickers do not hesitate to dive back into their illegal activities once their sentences served.

    This undermines the determination of the security forces, including those of the judicial police, whose commitment is exemplary, many traffickers are, in fact, arrested in the capital in possession of what is now called the jargon “banana”, that is to say ivory. Strategies and many awareness campaigns are insufficient; an upward revision of sentences and fines is necessary if we want to save the elephant, and more generally,Gabon wildlife.

    This latest arrest realized by the JP in Libreville shows that the capital is more than ever the hub of the ivory trade in Gabon. Unless the political-legal powers decide to castigate and punish adequately those crimes, the fight against wildlife crime will never take place.

    http://en.gabonews.com/en/news/environment/article/recidivist-ivory-traffickers-arrested


  • 18 Kg of Ivory intercepted in Mounana

     

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    Wildlife crime is a reality in Gabon including elephants slaughtered in large numbers through structured and heavily armed teams, activated by ivory traffickers who supply the global ivory market.

    It was during a mission organized by the Haut-Ogooué Provincial Director of Water and Forests Lucien Massoukou and the Judicial Police, assisted by Conservation Justice and under the supervision of Cantonment Manager Leconi, Mr. Jean Louis Kakoua , that a trafficker who was about to finalize a sale of elephant ivory (about 18 kg) was arrested on February 25 in Mounana (Southeast Gabon).

    Mohamed, was caught in the act of marketing, transport and detention of species fully protected products in the company of his brother and accomplice named NDJOUHOU Eugene, a teacher by profession. Two of his accomplices are on the run, including Mr Serge MAMOUAKA Crispin who also had the role of seller.

    Yet another case that illustrates the concerns of the UNODC (United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime) in the report that the UN agency had delivered to the Gabonese government. As mentioned recently in the newspaper L’Union, the report was an alarming report on wildlife crime in Gabon and showed also “flaws in the national legislative body, which would not be suitable to international conventions designed to fight against wildlife and forest crime.”

    Indeed, these wildlife criminals will get at most to imprisonment for three to six months and a fine of 100,000 to 10 million CFA francs according to the Forest Code. This is small compared to neighboring countries where the ivory traffickers risk 5 years in prison in Congo, three years in Cameroon, ten years in Benin and a sentence of life imprisonment in Kenya! It is therefore understandable that Gabon continues to be a country targeted by ivory dealers and mafia networks, a real threat to national security.

    http://en.gabonews.com/en/news/environment/article/18-kg-of-ivory-intercepted-in-mounana


  • 3 Wood Thieves Found Guilty By Gabon Court

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    Andeme Mba Marie-Gisele, Anveme Nkoulou Djimi and Nkoulou Serge Patrick were found Feb. 17, guilty of theft of wood in the forest license of the TTIB society. The company has been the victim of various thefts of Kevazingo orchestrated by these three individuals, since 2014.

    It is following a complaint against X in January 2015 that Ms. Marie-Gisèle Andeme Mba and coauthors Anveme Nkoulou Djimi and Nkoulou Serge Patrick were arrested. Mr. Anveme Nkoulou Djimi, who holds a salvage license that specifies the villages where the recovery of wood is to be made, was seized with a truck containing 2 Kévazingos out of TTIB’s forest license. This is an unauthorized exploitation relocation prohibited by the Forest Code.

    Furthermore, it appears that the wood used throughout this type of permit recovery or auctions is often freshly cut and not reclaimed wood. Andeme Mba Marie-Gisèle had also recovered a Kevazingo log in the permit in question with an authorization of recovery belonging to a certain ESSIW A Dedric, an offense to the forestry code because the authorization of recovery is individual and not transferable.

    Although known in the region for illegal exploitation, Nkoulou Serge Patrick was found not guilty of the crime of theft and was released. Andeme Mba Marie-Gisele and Anveme Nkoulou Djimi were convicted of stealing. They were sentenced to one month imprisonment and 250,000 FCFA fine. A warrant was issued at the oral hearing.

    This is a rare conviction for illegal logging and it is to be obviously encouraged. However, it is clear that sanctions are not dissuasive when we know that these illegal exploitations generate hundreds of millions of CFA Francs and are widespread in this area of ​​the country.

    http://www.spyghana.com/3-wood-thieves-found-guilty-by-gabon-court/

    http://en.gabonews.com/en/news/environment/article/three-illegal-loggers-guilty-of-stealing-wood


  • Ivory traffickers arrested in Libreville

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    The Intervention Brigade of the Judicial Police arrested last Wednesday at Nombakélé, near the Marché Artisanal, KOITA Alassane and YATTASSAYE Ali, both Malians and sellers at the craft market and NDONG Chancel Cedric, a Gabonese sculptor in possession of two elephant tusks.

    These three gentlemen were caught in the act of cutting the ivory. Two (2) tusks weighing respectively 14.2 kg and 12.5 kg for a total weight of 26.7 kg and a balance were seized.

    On the official report on the premises of the judicial police, Ali YATTASSAYE and KOITA Alassane admitted having bought the two defenses for 600 000 FCFA and enlisted the help of Mr. Cédric Chancel NDONG to cut it into pieces in order to sell them.

    Trafficking of species continues to thrive despite efforts by the authorities. The craft market is proving to be a major focus of wildlife products traffic because in four years, at least three operations helped to seize large quantities of products of carved ivory, bags crocodile skins, belts of animal skins, etc.

    The Judicial Police demonstrates once again that it is also committed to fighting on the ground against wildlife crime, having made numerous arrests of major traffickers in Libreville and the rest of the country.

    http://arambo.net/?p=94