There was a general improvement of results on all aspects of LAGA’s collaboration with MINFOF, with tangible achievements not only in the fields of investigation, arrests and prosecution but also in media exposure, government relations and international activities with a continued focus on the fight against corruption. LAGA effectively improved the 2009 results as promised thereby compensating the dip in 2008.
This year for every 7 days a major wildlife dealer was arrested, 71% stayed behind bars from the day of arrest and corruption was observed in 77% of the cases. For every single day a media piece was put on national news and recorded. The logging industry was again exposed with the arrest of a Manager in a Logging company. More than 1/3 of the operations were on ivory trade with 1 ton seized in Douala – Littoral Region. Collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service led to the arrest of a long time Internet wildlife dealer who forged the MINFOF Minister’s signature and falsified the CITES Permit.
This year was very significant in that LAGA was successful in replicating its activities in the Central African Republic through LAGA