Advanced Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking for Judicial Officers and Prosecutors

As part of its programs for the conservation and protection of wildlife, the United States Ambassador to Togo, David Gilmour participated in the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop on various related topics in Lomé. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Justice of Togo, the representative of the US Department of Justice and the Director for Environment of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS).

This capacity-building program aims to improve the capacity of African countries to pursue wildlife trafficking and related offenses by applying best practices and optimizing the use of available law enforcement tools. Courses include the participation of many US government instructors (from ENRD and technical experts from US government investigative agencies such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service), UNODC specialists as well as academic prosecutors and other experts from the region. The initial course included modules on the global and regional scope of illegal wildlife and fish trade, the application of various criminal laws to wildlife crime, examples of good practice on development and the prosecution of cases of Wildlife, money laundering, corruption and international cooperation.