Wildlife crime flourishes in part because of gaps in legal frameworks. Our pioneering wildlife law and justice department supports governments, law enforcement, and judiciaries to make legal action against wildlife criminals robust and effective. Then Africa’s increasingly-fierce laws against these crimes become true deterrents.
WHERE DO WE DO THIS?
ANGOLA BOTSWANA GABON KENYA NAMIBIA UGANDA ZAMBIA ZIMBABWE
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONS
Following stronger law enforcement and intelligence-led anti-poaching patrols, more and more suspected wildlife criminals are being arrested. We train police, rangers, and other officials how to process a crime scene in a way that ensure all available evidence can later be deployed in court
SUPPORTING PROSECUTORS + MAGISTRATES
We work with the Offices of the Directors of Public Prosecutions and the Heads of Judiciaries in all countries where we operate, to help develop tools they can implement with their staff so cases are as watertight as they can be, and trials proceed appropriately
In underfunded and over-stretched court systems, keeping track of the details can be difficult. But that information is critical to improving how wildlife crime cases are prosecuted. Our teams attend and monitor trials, and work with the authorities to supply data and guidance when requested
CRIME + LAW GUIDANCE BOOKLETS
Suspected wildlife criminals routinely escape justice because of loopholes in old legislation, counter-productive sentencing options, or a lack of case law that might guide fresh convictions. These advisory documents can guide authorities and policymakers as they enact and enforce stronger laws against wildlife and forestry crime.