Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Central Africa

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Trafic of faunic protected products

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5 tonnes d’ivoire saisis brûlés (Gabon)
Orphan Gorilla (Congo)

The importance of tropical forests and species for humanity is clear. Central Africa is a range territory for elephant, leopards and apes. The significance of bushmeat hunting as a conservation concern in this region is also clearly stated in the IUCN plan and in many academic, and government policy documents. The need for improved law enforcement is noted in the IUCN regional plan, the European resolution, and the draft Action Plan.

NGO working on these issues are numerous and multiply efforts to preserve threatened species. Unfortunately, these emblematic species are still more and more threatened and many population are extremely endangered.

Ivory and money : the Asian demand and the prices still increasing
Ivory and money (Guinea) : the Asian demand and the prices still increasing
Chopsticks for the Asian market (Cameroon)

Illegal hunting is the most immediate threat to many populations of elephant in Central Africa. It contains significant populations of elephants which are clearly at risk from poaching. Consequently the hunting of elephant and the trade in their ivory, meat, and body parts has been conducted quite freely. Given the historically weak enforcement of national wildlife laws, providing little deterrent value, the African elephant population has been an easy target for traffickers. Especially,the Asian demande for ivory and prices are huge, for hankos, statues, jewelry, chopsticks,…

Following this demand, national and international criminal networks organize the poaching, and the transport of ivory for Asian markets.

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