Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) is the nodal agency of WEMS in Africa. The implementation of WEMS in Africa involved the establishment of a regional environmental governance framework for research and development co-operation between LATF, UNU-Japan and ITC. To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in May 2011.
Consequently, implementation in Africa started involving four (4) member states to the Lusaka Agreement namely Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. A second phase will involve all the Lusaka Agreement member states and thereafter other interested African States. Through WEMS, the pilot countries’ national wildlife institutions have been brought together to a common information sharing platform on wildlife trafficking and wildlife crime.