Second semester report 2023

Many achievements were recorded in LAGA's collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) despite several challenges posed during the period July to December 2023. These achievements were obtained in the fields of investigation, arrest, prosecution, media exposure, government relations and international activities. Focus was on the fight against the illegal wildlife trade; principally trafficking in pangolin scales, elephant tusks and primates. The EAGLE network's Central Coordination Unit (CCU) continued to provide vital technical and organisation support that facilitated several operations resulting in the of arrests 9 traffickers.

9 major traffickers were arrested at a rate of one for every 20 days and 87% stayed behind bars from the day of arrest. 9 new cases were brought to the courts. 3 traffickers were found guilty and handed prison sentences, fines and damages during 8 court judgements passed.  Damages amounted to some 19,701,000 FCFA (about $39,402). awarded to Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF). 

The EAGLE network achieved some good results as 47 traffickers were arrested across 6 countries. In order to provide a deterrent effect across the Network, 728 media pieces were published in national media.