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INAMA Project - Illegal Wildlife Trade

The WCO Secretariat established the INAMA Project in 2014 in response to illegal wildlife trade (IWT). It is named after the word for ‘wild animals’ in the language of Zambia’s Bemba tribe. The Project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of selected Customs administrations in Asia, South America and sub-Saharan Africa, in fighting against IWT by implementing the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The Project objectives are more specifically to:

  • Enhance internal training capacity;
  • Improve risk management and enforcement practices;
  • Strengthen interagency and international cooperation;
  • Boost operational capacity.

Capacity building activities are carried on online and face-to-face at national, regional and global levels. Among other things, the INAMA Project Team conducts diagnostic, assessment, and technical support missions. It also organizes and delivers workshops and training.
Some of the activities are implemented with the support of the Compendium of Customs Operational Practices for Enforcement and Seizures (COPES) Programme, and the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).
The Project is currently funded by the United States Department of State and is expected to run until September 2023.
The INAMA Project builds on the Great Apes and Integrity Project (GAPIN), which ran between 2010 and 2013. Since its inception in 2014, the INAMA Project has provided support to more than 30 countries and has benefitted from funding from:

  • The United States Department of State;
  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency;
  • The German Agency for International Cooperation;
  • The CITES Secretariat.

Contact the INAMA Project Team

More information
Environment Programme
WCO Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade
WCO News articles on IWT

Training material
WCO learning module on Customs, wild fauna and flora
The CITES Virtual College
Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit

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