Frequently Asked Questions
Due to practical and legal challenges that were facing the national institutions mandated to fight wildlife crime, the Conference proposed more effective measures to combat cross border illegal trade. One of the key recommendations made was the establishment of a Task Force to complement national enforcement efforts aimed at curtailing illegal trade in wild fauna and flora. Consequently, the Lusaka Agreement was adopted which facilitated the establishment of the Task Force.
For a country to become a Party, its instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession must be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations who will notify the Parties on the same.
Reports reveal that illegal wildlife trade is growing at an alarming rate as illustrated by the large quantities of contraband such as elephant ivory and live animals seized in the recent times. The lucrative markets existing both locally and overseas have exacerbated the situation.
Bush meat: Almost all wild animal species
Animal Trophies: Rhino horns, Elephant ivory, Hippopotamus teeth, skins (Leopard/Zebra/Cheetah/Python), Turtle shells
Plants: Succulents, Sandalwood, Aloe Vera, Cycads, Hardwood species for timber
a) Relevant information related to wildlife crime
b) Financial and any other relevant support to LATF programmes