LAGA’s goal from 2003 has been to create a new model for NGO-Government collaboration establishing wildlife law enforcement. Our hope was that by bringing about results with an innovative approach, we will be able to change the existing system and trigger a paradigm shift in the way NGOs tackle wildlife crime.
The model is essentially shifting away from targeting small-time poachers in the forest and focusing in prosecution of major dealers, fighting heads on the major obstacle to the application of the wildlife law in Africa – Corruption.
Following several awards and recommendations from the international community to replicate the model in other countries, LAGA has started working with other NGOs transferring the LAGA experience and model throughout the sub-region.
The LAGA model is currently operating in six countries and projected to reach nine by the end of 2013.
Projection for replication:
Chad, DRC, Nigeria