Counter-trafficking, wildlife crime investigations and judiciary support
On 29 October 2014, the government of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano Foundation and Peace Parks Foundation signed an historic agreement to strengthen Mozambique’s efforts to combat wildlife crime by supporting the development of dedicated anti-poaching operations in and around Limpopo National Park, an integral component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and Conservation Area.
An essential component of the project entails supporting the judicial system in Mozambique to effectively implement the new Conservation Areas Act that will bring about much stiffer penalties for anyone involved in illicit wildlife product trafficking.
Wildlife crime investigations
Peace Parks Foundation is working closely with conservation authorities in South Africa and Mozambique in an effort to bolster specialist investigative capacity, focused on gathering information and building cases against perpetrators of wildlife crime. A primary focus is to facilitate improved coordination of activities between conservation and security agencies, thereby centralising information-gathering and analysis - allowing for more effective collaboration on and development of cases.
The Wildlife Justice Commission, an independent commission that collects evidence, prepares legal cases, and coordinates political lobbying and public pressure to stop wildlife crime – was officially launched in The Hague, Netherlands, in October 2015. This was made possible by WWF Netherlands, the co-recipient of the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund.