All too often, the good intentions of larger NGOs and foreign governments are not accurately targeted when attempting to address an issue such as the illegal wildlife trade. Unfamiliarity with the systems and laws of a foreign country and the customs of the people can result in glaring inefficiencies and missed opportunities for meaningful collaboration.
Looking beyond the logos and well-known acronyms is something that the EAL does very deliberately, when working in the field.
Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC)
EAL has been supporting this highly innovative organization since the very beginning, and our co-founder Mr. Andrea Crosta is a member of the WJC’s supervisory board.
WJC is an independent organization founded in March 2015 by legal, criminal justice and conservation experts in order to expose and disrupt the criminal networks responsible for transnational, organized wildlife crime.
More information can be found here.
Anti-poaching in Tanzania
In order to step up efforts to combat the elephant poaching onslaught in Tanzania, the PAMS Foundation, in conjunction with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), trained four rapid response teams of field rangers in 2013-2014, consisting of ten rangers in each team.
This intervention was made possible thanks to the support of Elephant Action League and other donors.
The Project’s main objectives were: • providing advanced training on anti-poaching • establishing an informer network in communities adjacent to the National Park for the gathering and analysis of intelligence information needed for enabling effective preventive and reactive actions against poacher networks • providing incentives for exemplary performance • developing a security plan for the Park.
Anti-trafficking and capacity building in Guinea Conakry and Togo, Western Africa
Between 2014 and 2015 Elephant Action League has financially supported some of the anti-trafficking and training activities of WARA in Guinea-Conakry and TALFF in Togo, now both part of the Eagle Network.
Wara had been working for years in Guinea, and realized, as conservation in Central Africa has, that the application of the wildlife law is a key element in protecting species vulnerable to illegal wildlife trade.
In collaboration with the Guinean ministry in charge of wildlife and INTERPOL, and with the help of LAGA and Conservation Justice, GALF helped bring forth the first operations concerning wildlife crime in Guinea. http://irokoheritage.com/2013/08/26/notorious-guinea-conakry-wildlife-criminal-arrested-at-last/
In August 2015 Ansoumane Doumbouya, the former head of the CITES Management Authority of Guinea, was arrested along with the infamous wildlife trafficker Thierno Barry in Conakry.