A new online forum for prosecutors working to end wildlife crime in 11 African countries has been launched.
The new Forum for Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Prosecutors was launched by the East Africa Association of Prosecutors (EAAP) during its 9th Annual General Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, held between August 30 and September 2 2021.
The Forum was organized with support from Space for Giants.
The forum, organisers say, will significantly speed justice against international poaching networks and their local kingpins and foot soldiers.
During the Meeting, prosecutors from five new countries – DR Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia – joined the EAAP, adding to its six existing member countries -Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This takes to more than 6,000 the number of prosecutors linked by the Association and its new forum.
According to Katto Wambua, Director of Wildlife Law and Justice at Space for Giants, the forum will be “a transformative step” to build on major successes already seen in East Africa in the fight against wildlife crime.