Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) in
collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Grace Farms Foundation
will convene a workshop on Strengthening of the National Task Force on Wildlife
Crime in Uganda. The workshop will be held from 3 – 5 February 2020 at Golden
Tulip Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
The key theme of the workshop will be to
strengthen the recently established National Task Force on wildlife crime in
Uganda and contribute to operationalizing it. The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife
and Antiquities of the Republic of Uganda will give a key note address at the
event where he hill outline practical mechanism deployed by Uganda in the fight
against wildlife crime.
The problem of wildlife crime and
associated trafficking is a challenge for governments, international
institutions and civil society alike. Wildlife crime is arguably a menace capable
of bringing wildlife populations to the brink of extinction. Today it is ranked
the 4th largest global illicit trade in the world after drugs, human
trafficking and illicit small arms.
It is for this purpose that Lusaka
Agreement Task Force in collaboration with the Grace Farms Foundation wishes to
complement the efforts by Uganda in fighting wildlife crime through the
strengthening of the recently established National Task Force on Wildlife Crime
in Uganda. LATF believes that modern approaches, strong policies, political
will and zero tolerance to corruption are key to fighting poaching and
associated wildlife trafficking. As one of the highlights of the workshop,
members of the Tanzania National Anti-poaching Task Force will share Tanzania’s
success story against poaching and wildlife trafficking as well as offer
valuable lessons to the newly created Uganda’s Task Force on wildlife crime.
The three-day multi-agency workshop will bring
together 30 key law enforcement officers drawn from the various agencies
represented under the National Task Force on Wildlife Crime in Uganda, Lusaka
Agreement Task Force, National Anti-poaching Task Force of Tanzania and the
Grace Farms Foundation. Other organisations include the United States Homeland
Security Investigations and USAID and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Uganda country offices.