With the assistance of WWF Netherlands, WWF-DRC is implementing a program aimed at addressing the issue of illegal wildlife trade. It focusses on combatting the illegal trafficking of ivory, great apes, bushmeat and live animals, primarily in Salonga and LacTumba landscapes.
Our main objectives by 2016 are as follows:
- Increased support to law enforcement actions contributes to the reduction of illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade of flagship species (e.g. forest elephant, great apes) in major routes and cities of the priority landscapes.
- Effective systems are in place leading to combatting the illegal wildlife trade Wildlife management at the landscape level is improved through capacity building, effective deterrents (operations, arrests, prosecutions) and monitoring measures.
- The profile of wildlife crime as a serious crime, especially outside the environment sector, has been raised leading to more and more prosecutions and correct sentences.
- Building effective intelligence networks
- Breaking the illegal wildlife trade
- Building capacity of law-enforecement agents