Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Central Africa

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Une tonne d’ivoire confisquée (LAGA)

Following the LAGA model, Conservation Justice works to improve the level of wildlife law enforcement for elephant and other endangered species (particularly the ivory trade) through a concerted and comprehensive approach involving five main stages.

  • INVESTIGATIONS – Investigators, undercover agents and informers gather precise information so that traffickers can be arrested in the act, producing concrete evidence for the courts.
  • OPERATIONS – The project technically assists authorities and the forces of law and order to arrest violators and to channel complaint reports to the courts. The project closely supports operations in the field.
  • LEGAL ASSISTANCE – The project has a legal team that assists in the administrative procedures of prosecuting the legal cases arising from these operations. This follows the process from the police report through the entire courts procedure and on to the monitoring of prisoners serving sentences.
  • MEDIA – The project puts reports in national TV news, national radio news and written press concerning the success of the operations and positive court rulings. The Gabonese media informs the public that the law is actively enforced, thereby achieving education of the public on the change, increased deterrent, and perception of the illegal trade as a criminal activity.
  • TRAINING – The project will organize training sessions on the wildlife law and judicial process for magistrates, police forces, customs agents, and agents of the ministry in charge of wildlife. It will improve skills, deepen understanding of the illicit ivory trade, and increase inter-service collaboration between partners.

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