The WCO Environment Programme engages with 11 Customs administrations in the field of illegal wildlife trade

20 July 2021

As part of its commitment to strengthen the CITES enforcement capacities of the World Customs Organization (WCO)’s members, the Environment Programme (EP) and the WCO INAMA Project assessed the capacity of 11 Customs administrations in sub-Saharan African, Asian and South American countries to mitigate Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) in the context of a series of 5-half day online diagnostic missions.

Under the auspices of the WCO INAMA Project, funded by the Department of State of the United States, officers from the Customs administrations of Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Namibia, Peru, and Uganda attended the online events, specifically focusing on the IWT aspects of training, enforcement, legal, international and inter-agency cooperation, intelligence and risk management. The mission for the Nigeria Customs Service was conducted under the framework of the WCO EP.

Detailed reports with findings and recommendations are being shared with the administrations, which will represent the basis for future online and face-to-face engagements. This approach ensures that all interventions are tailored to the specific needs of each beneficiary administration, avoiding duplications and increasing the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the Programme’s/ Project’s delivery.

Accredited Customs Technical and Operational Advisors and recognized experts from Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Spain, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Zambia co-facilitated the events, providing valuable input and subject matter expertise.