Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Central Africa

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    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 ( and follows its methods.

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  • Arrests in June

    5 pointes et 19 morceaux sculptés.
    Ivoire saisi à Port-Gentil

    In June, 4 operations have been achieved by Judicial Police and Forest Department through the AALF project developped by Conservation Justice:

    1. A first arrest in Port-Gentil bringing the arrest of a trafficker with 5 tusks and 19 hankos. Activitiesin Port-Gentil have started thanks to Fondation Brigitte Bardot financial support.

    2. An operation in the North of Gabon, bringing to the arrest of 3 traffickers with two tusks.

    3. An arrest in Libreville with two traffickers and two tusks;

    4. An operation bringing to the arrest of 150 kg of ivory (six big tusks);


    150 kg d’ivoire saisis à Libreville

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  • Arrest in May thanks to AALF project (Conservation Justice)

    Trois braconniers et trafiquants d'ivoire arrêtés à Mekambo
    Trois braconniers et trafiquants d’ivoire arrêtés à Mekambo

    Thanks to Conservation Justice, forces of order and forestry agents have achieved two operations concerningivory traffic in May.

    An operation has also been supported by Conservation Justice in leopard skins traffic, and concerning the Mitzic priest, who bought two leopard skins.




  • 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.


    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.

  • 18 Kg of Ivory intercepted in Mounana



    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.