Customs drilled on illegal wildlife trade

The capacity of 11 customs administrations in sub-Saharan African, Asian and South American countries to mitigate Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) has been put to test in a 5-half day online diagnostic missions organized by the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

The capacity test was conducted the Environment Programme (EP) and the WCO INAMA Project as part of WCO commitment to strengthen the CITES enforcement capacities of its members.

Officers from the Customs administrations of Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Namibia, Peru, and Uganda attended the online events under the auspices of the WCO INAMA Project but funded by the Department of State of the United States.

The events specifically focused on the IWT aspects of training, enforcement, legal, international and inter-agency cooperation, intelligence and risk management. The mission for the Nigeria Customs Service was conducted under the framework of the WCO EP.

WCO stressed that detailed reports with findings and recommendations were being shared with the administrations, which will represent the basis for future online and face-to-face engagements. “This approach ensures that all interventions are tailored to the specific needs of each beneficiary administration, avoiding duplications and increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the Programme’s/ Project’s delivery.”

Accredited Customs Technical and Operational Advisors and recognized experts were picked from Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Spain, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Zambia co-facilitated the events, providing valuable input and subject matter expertise.

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