A Regional Approach to Strengthening Africa’s Wildlife Enforcement Framework
How Africa’s Emerging Sub-regional Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WENs) and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force can Collectively Combat International Wildlife Trafficking
Wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia is brisk, resulting in the ongoing decimation of many species. Criminal syndicates are feeding a continuing demand in Asia for ivory, rhino horn, big cat bones and body parts of other
rare and endangered species such as pangolins, by sourcing their supply increasingly from Africa. We need a stronger counter wildlife trafficking (CWT) response in the region. As conservationists and law enforcement organizations
study ways to solve this problem, it is worth considering the existing CWT mechanisms within Africa and between Africa and Asia. Strengthening and streamlining these mechanisms – including the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) and existing and emerging Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WENs) – appears to present the quickest, strongest, and most sustainable solution.
This Frontline Review is authored by Freeland’s Executive Director Steve Galster and the Director of the Lusaka Agreement Task Force Bonaventure Ebayi.