Regional and International Collaboration

Caucuses in Africa collaborate to strengthen the work done by co-chairs and members at the national level.

The Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique in 2017 passed a conservation law imposing stricter penalties for wildlife criminals. However, gaps remain in the prosecution and adjudication of these crimes. Judges and prosecutors often lack a sufficient understanding of wildlife crime management leading often to inefficient handling of wildlife crime cases.

At the conclusion of the Mount Vernon International Conservation Caucus Summit, legislative leaders representing ten countries across Africa and Latin America signed the Declaration of Mount Vernon, committing to promote conservation and the sustainable utilization of natural resources.

In August, members of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) embarked on an ICCF Group-facilitated educational mission to Tanzania in order to learn and share best practices in the management of forests and national parks and seek conservation solutions to some of the pressing challenges being faced in Malawi.

On February 23-24, The ICCF Group convened senior prosecutors, magistrates, investigators, wildlife agency officials, and legislators from Central African countries to examine strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of wildlife crime investigations, prosecutions, and sentencing.

In August, ICCF facilitated a delegation of members of the Kenyan Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, to Costa Rica and the United States to engage policymakers and conservationists on strategies being successfully implemented to manage forests and address other natural resource challenges.

In Lusaka, Zambia, from July 26-28, The ICCF Group, in collaboration with Zambia’s Ministry of Tourism & Arts, facilitated the Southern Africa Regional Judicial & Prosecutorial Workshop on Wildlife Crime.

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