INTERPOL announces formation of dedicated environmental crime team in Africa


Hugh Paxton’s Blog reckons this INTERPOL initiative can only be helpful. And is desperately needed!

Recent WWF study has one elephant killed every fifteen minutes. That’s obviously not true. There’s no rigid schedule. But if you divide the number of dead elephants by days and hours in the year then fifteen minutes makes a form of sense. I am so sad this madness is happening again. I was inspired to see the well attended and articulate marches a few days ago in Africa demanding action to stop the slaughter of rhinos and elephants. Kenya and South Africa were the stars of the show. The participants and organisers did well! And it’s always nice to see police and army demonstrating alongside students, nurses, and kids who have painted posters. This poaching up-thrust is fundamentally unpopular with victim/target nations. It is stripping these countries of their national treasures. INTERPOL is throwing its hat into the ring. That’s good, very good, and I wish them all my very best! And so says all the others in the Bangkok Crew!

From: Environmental Crime []
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 4:17 PM
To: Environmental Crime
Subject: INTERPOL announces formation of dedicated environmental crime team in Africa

Dear Colleagues,
Please find below the latest press release issued by INTERPOL. Other language versions will be published on the INTERPOL website as they become available.
Best regards,

Estimados Colegas,
Vea debajo el último comunicado de prensa publicado por INTERPOL. Otras lenguas oficiales serán publicadas en el sitio de INTERPOL, tan pronto estén disponibles.


Chers collègues,
Veuillez trouver ci-dessous le dernier communiqué de presse diffusé par INTERPOL. Les traductions seront publiées sur le site web d’INTERPOL au fur et à mesure de leur disponibilité.

Environmental Crime Programme

Environmental Security Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL General Secretariat
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle

69006 Lyon, France



INTERPOL announces formation of dedicated environmental crime team in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya – To further support its member countries in the fight against illegal ivory trafficking and other environmental issues, INTERPOL has established a dedicated team to tackle these crimes in Africa.

Located within the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi, the environmental crime team will act as an extension of INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit located at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

As part of the Regional Bureau, the team will collaborate with national law enforcement agencies and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in the region to increase information exchange, support intelligence analysis and assist national and regional investigations, with a particular focus on wildlife crime.

With the illicit trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn a major concern in East Africa, the team will work with countries and partner organizations to further the activities of INTERPOL’s Project Wisdom, which combats elephant and rhinoceros poaching and the illegal trade in ivory through the financial support of the Wildcat Foundation. This includes capacity building initiatives and creating a regional network for environmental protection.

David Higgins, Head of INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit, said the establishment of the environmental crime team at the Regional Bureau demonstrates INTERPOL’s dedication to offering the highest level of support to law enforcement in its member countries in disrupting the transnational criminal groups involved not only in wildlife crime, but also other serious forms of crime.

“This initiative will enable INTERPOL, through its Project Wisdom, to provide continuous investigative and analytical support to East African member countries concerning significant transnational wildlife trafficking cases, and to assist with planning operations targeting the organized criminal networks behind these crimes,” said Mr Higgins.

INTERPOL announced the establishment of the environmental crime team during an event hosted by the Australian High Commission in Kenya. Australia is a key partner with INTERPOL in activities to prevent and combat wildlife crime throughout Africa.

“The global fight against illegal trafficking has just been given a significant boost. The new INTERPOL team in Nairobi will mean better intelligence gathering and sharing among the law enforcement community, which is key to shutting down the poachers and smugglers,” said Australian High Commissioner Geoff Tooth.

Following the announcement on 7 October, INTERPOL, with the support of the UK National Crime Agency and UK High Commission, will host an information exchange and analysis workshop in Nairobi to enhance partnerships and information sharing between law enforcement and the private sector.

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