Traffic: Central Africa countries meet to support National Ivory Action Plan implementation

Traffic-Central Africa countries meet to support National Ivory Action Plan implementation



Kinshasa, DRC—countries from across Central Africa met in November last year to strengthen regional collaboration in implementing National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs) in the region. 

NIAPs are a practical tool to guide the implementation of actions to address the illegal ivory trade used by 19 of the countries identified by Parties to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as being implicated as source, transit and/or destination countries. 

The Collaborative Action Planning (CAP) workshop aimed to improve the management and conservation of African Elephants by reducing poaching levels and the associated illegal ivory trade through effective implementation of NIAPs at the national level and through strengthened regional collaboration. 

Representatives from the NIAP implementing countries in Central Africa: Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon, plus other affected countries in the region—Chad and the Central African Republic attended, while Nigeria sent information to support the meeting. 

More than 40 delegates came from wildlife departments and ministries, national Management Authorities responsible for CITES implementation and NIAP Focal Points, plus representatives from the CITES Secretariat and TRAFFIC as co-conveners, the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the United-Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

NGOs present included TRAFFIC as convener and organizer, WWF, who assisted in the workshop planning and facilitation, Juristrale, who also provided logistical support, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Environment Fond Vert. 

Donors from the United States and Germany were represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Germany’s Agency for International Technical Co-operation, GIZ), respectively. 


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