The WCO-Inama project supports African Members (English Speaking countries) in including CITES and Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) modules in national training curricula and in developing a group of regional IWT Trainers and Experts

30 May 2018

Further to the WCO’s continued commitment to mitigate Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), a range of Train–the-Trainer and Accreditation Workshops is conducted under the auspices of the WCO Inama project. The project aims to strengthen the enforcement capacity of targeted Customs administrations in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the illegal trade in wildlife and in particular on the species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The second Train-the-Trainer and Pre-Accreditation Workshop took place in Lusaka, Zambia, between 15 and 25 May 2018. The event was attended by 13 selected Customs officers, representing 11 Member Customs administrations from English and Portuguese-speaking Sub-Saharan African nations. The Customs Administration of the Zambia Revenue Authority acted as host and the course was officially closed by the Commissioner for Customs, Mr. Sydney Chibbabbuka.

The purpose of the Workshop was to raise awareness regarding Illegal Wildlife Trade within the participants, to build their technical capacity and knowledge in relation to CITES and to enhance their training skills. Furthermore, the national Customs training frameworks have been evaluated and proposals to further include CITES and IWT were developed. These proposals will be submitted to the respective management teams for their consideration.

Accreditation and Trainings to enhance regional capacity

As a result of the Workshop, some participants were pre-accredited as WCO IWT experts and shall be fully accredited at a later stage. All attendees were also invited to become CITES ‘diplomats’ within their administrations.

This Train-the-Trainer and Accreditation Workshop is the second out of 3 planned events that will be conducted under the WCO Inama Project.

A similar training has already been delivered in Asia, and the next training is scheduled to take place in Burkina Faso with the attendance of French-speaking Sub-Saharan African Customs officers.

The WCO Inama project is currently funded by the US Department of State and Sweden. This particular activity was sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

For more information on the Inama project, please contact Roux Raath, Environment Programme Manager, WCO Compliance and Enforcement Sub-Directorate,