Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement in Central Africa

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  • Départements

    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.

  • Projets régionaux

    Réplication du modèle LAGA et ONG “new generation”

    L’ONG LAGA a été créée en 2003 en tant que nouveau modèle de collaboration ONG-Gouvernement en faveur du renforcement de la loi sur la faune. Ce modèle ayant fait ses preuves, d’autres projets ont été initiés avec l’appui de LAGA afin de lutter contre la criminalité faunique en Afrique centrale, et donc contre la corruption.

    Actuellement, trois projets suivent le modèle LAGA :

    PALF (Projet d’Appui à l’Application de la Loi sur la Faune) mis eu oeuvre par la Fondation Aspinall et WCS en République du Congo;

    RALF (Renforcement de l’Application de la Loi Faunique) développé par LAGA avec le WWF en République Centrafricaine.

    Conservation Justice

    Un des fondateurs du PALF en République du Congo est également à l’origine de Conservation Justice qui aidera à la réplication du modèle LAGA et à l’appui des expériences existantes.

    L’ONG WARA a également lancé le projet GALF en Guinée Conakry.

  • “new generation” NGO and model

    An NGO is not a technical institute in charge of mere execution of a program. An NGO should foster activism and act in the spirit of fighting for a cause and undertake a secondary goal to produce activists leaders to bring a positive change to their country beyond the service of the NGO.
    It should instill specified values in its members. Staff is recruited not according to merely skills but examined in their values and potentials to become independent activists. The rarest quality of personnel is honesty and the desire to bring a change in one’s country. Any recruit has to pass a period of volunteering where these aspects are thoroughly examined. The post in the NGO should not be regarded as a job but as a mission and therefore demanding exceptional devotion, commitment, sacrifice, initiatives, self discipline fitting a fight for a cause.

    It is in this context and spririt  that Conservation Justice and the other ONG members of the EAGLE network develop their activities and principles.

  • Trafic of faunic protected products

    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.