Kintélé, Republic of Congo, April 2017–more than 50 representatives from local wildlife law enforcement agencies and international conservation NGOs attended a workshop promoting the use of the Africa Trade in Wildlife Information EXchange (AFRICA-TWIX) platform: an online collaborative tool developed to facilitate the exchange of information and promote co-operation between law enforcement officers in Central Africa.
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Libreville, Gabon and Douala, Cameroon, April 2017—workshops aimed at raising wildlife conservation awareness amongst Chinese nationals working in Africa were held this week as part of a co-operative effort by Chinese and African governments to reduce trafficking of ivory, rhino horn and other threatened wildlife.
Zambia, 20th April 2017—In an encouraging move for East African forestry management and timber trade, the Zambian government has announced a ban on all “In Transit” timber within the country. The declaration, passed today, takes place effective immediately until further notice.
Nairobi, Kenya, 13th April 2017—A new TRAFFIC and WWF report launched today highlights the challenges facing timber trading nations in eastern and southern Africa, in particular the need for improving trade monitoring and financial integrity and addressing issues related to politics, corruption and ethics at a national and regional level.
Eastern African nations launch Steering Committee for Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products
Nairobi, Kenya, 11th April 2017—representatives from across Eastern Africa meet this week to discuss implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and other Forest Products and formally launch its Steering Committee.
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 2017—Inadequate investigative capacity for wildlife crimes has proved to be a major drawback in the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
Douala, Cameroon, March 2017—one year after its launch, a meeting to evaluate the effectiveness of AFRICA-TWIX finds there has been significant progress towards fostering collaboration among law enforcement officials in Central Africa to address illegal trade in wildlife.
Johannesburg, South Africa, 27th February 2017—South Africa today announced the official number of rhinos illegally killed in the country during 2016: 1,054. While this figure represents a slight drop on last year’s 1,175, itself a fall from the 1,215 record total in 2014, rhino poaching figures remain unacceptably high.