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Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trafficking2018-10-17T14:35:16+00:00

THE PROBLEM

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking is a global problem and one that affects us all. Rwanda is committed to playing its part to ensure that we can combat illegal wildlife trafficking

RWANDA’S FIRST SYMPOSIUM ON ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

Through a collaboration with the Rwandan Government, Rwanda Development Board, the first symposium on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking (IWT) was organised with 89 influential professionals attending from different sectors including law enforcement personnel (Rwanda National Police, Border Control Officials, Wildlife Crime Department), prosecutors and the judiciary, journalists and national and international environmental organisations.

The primary objective of the symposium was to raise awareness of IWT nationally, regionally and globally but also identify the challenges faced by professionals in Rwanda to tackle IWT. Action points and ways forward were developed to effectively combat and prevent IWT both within Rwanda and across its borders.

Our pre and post workshop evaluation showed an increased understanding in the local laws and global regulations on IWT and an increased confidence in knowing what to do when faced with such cases.

Feedback received from an anonymous survey taken after the Symposium.

RWANDA NATIONAL POLICE AND CUSTOMS WORKSHOP

As a result of feedback from the Symposium, a further workshop will be held for members of the Rwanda National Police. This will provide further training on the special techniques for inspecting wildlife products, how to differentiate different items and collect good evidence.

INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATION COMMITTEE

We hope to continue such initiative to increase to working together between different institutions in order of better tackling the issue of IWT.