In November, as part of the LAGA replication and the vision of Regional enforcement, the Director of LAGA travelled for a one week mission to assist Luc Mathot, leader of Conservation Justice in kick-starting law enforcement in Gabon. This resulted in the arrest of dealers with 105kg ivory including 9 Senegalese and 2 Cameroonians.
Given the repeated failures of the usual strategies for conservation in Central Africa and elsewhere in the world, additional actions must be undertaken. The greatest difficulty encountered by organizations for the protection of nature in developing countries is the lack of enforcement by wildlife authorities, mainly because of poverty and corruption in prisons. While the long-term measures to raise awareness or develop income and alternative sources of protein are recommended, the risk is higher than when solutions will be realized, the currently threatened species have already disappeared. The effective application of the law may reduce the immediate threat and enhance the possibility of a long-term survival of these species. Through a survey program, operation, monitoring, legal and media, some NGOs and projects have already implemented a practical methodology to develop effective enforcement of law and combat illegal hunting and trade.
Conservation Justice was created by Luc M, an activist who launched the PALF project in the Republic of Congo with the support of LAGA. The objective was to establish the LAGA Model in the sub-region by the creation of independent bodies headed by motivated and competent people. Accompanying measures were also conducted through awareness and support of any potential partner to participate in the enforcement of wildlife; that is how Conservation Justice came into existence. This project is supported by the Aspinall Foundation.
The first operation of the AALF project led to the seizure of 105kg worked ivory and the arrest of 13 dealers. That is 12 ivory sellers and 1 ivory carver.
Libreville ivory traffickers
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