Lusaka Agreement on Concerted Coercive Operations for the Illegal Trade in WildLife. Lusaka`s final act. To combat these and other problems, a permanent task force of the Lusaka Agreement was created in 1999 with the Lusaka agreement. This unique task force is made up of national police officers seconded by the parties. In addition, national offices carry out joint cross-border enforcement operations and implement inter-institutional training and awareness programmes, independently and with the task force. The task force`s work has played an important role in the fight against wildlife crime, as evidenced by its role in the seizure of 6.5 tonnes of contraband ivory in Singapore. After serving its investigative purposes, the Governing Council decided that this ivory would now be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of CITES. As part of the agreement, UNODC GP-WLFC and LATF will collaborate on five (5) key themes: technical assistance and capacity-building measures to strengthen enforcement agencies for wildlife and forests to combat wildlife and forest crimes, strengthen regional and international cooperation between law enforcement agencies responsible for game and forest crimes, facilitate information exchange, data collection, analysis, communication and intelligence, promotion of legislative review and effective prosecution of wildlife and forest cases. Traditional poaching has given way to more sophisticated commercial poaching that is expanding the resources of wildlife law enforcement authorities across Africa. The rapid increase in the human population is leading to more and more conflicts between people without human beings, without compensation systems for injuries or property damage, or in a limited way. African countries do not have adequate wildlife legislation or existing legislation is under-enforced. In many countries, sanctions for the illegal trade in wild animals represent only a fraction of the rewards that poachers receive. This leaves a serious enforcement gap.
Economic expansion for the exploitation of raw materials allows access to previously untouched areas. This opens up new avenues for poaching. In addition, countries must recognize that their wildlife is an important asset that must be exploited for the benefit of local people. Bonaventure Ebayi (LaTF Director) – Tel: 254 722204008; E-mail: administrator[at]lusakaagreement.org More information, visit www.lusakaagreement.org tag: inventory, wild flora, permission/authorization, Endangered Species, Certification, Biodiversity, International Trade, Protected Species, Protected Species, Wildlife, Wildlife, Management/Conservation, Offences and Penalties, International Treaty, International Treaty, Species Trade The Lusaka Task Force is a permanent intergovernmental organization that was created to support countries` efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate illegal wildlife trade. Launched in June 1999, based in Nairobi, Kenya, LATF is the secretarial and operational arm of the Lusaka Agreement on Measures to Implement Cooperation Against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife, a regional multilateral environmental agreement adopted on 8 September 1994 in Lusaka and filed with the UN Secretary-General. LATF toures the countries of origin, transit and destination of contraband samples from Africa, conducts investigative investigations, supports and coordinates intelligence enforcement operations.