ICCWC in action

ICCWC aims to enhance the capacity and compliment the efforts of national wildlife law enforcement agencies and sub-regional and regional networks that on a daily basis act to combat the illegal trafficking in wild fauna and flora. Based on the Consortium’s Strategic Mission, ICCWC partners have been providing, since the launch of ICCWC in 2010, coordinated law enforcement support in many different countries and regions across the world.

Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit:

Key activities delivered under the auspices of ICCWC include the development and implementation of the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit. To date Toolkit implementation has been successfully completed in 6 countries and is at different stages of implementation in an additional 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America as highlighted in the map below. Further requests for toolkit implementation continue to be received.

An ICCWC indicator framework for wildlife and forest crime, designed to be completed as a self-assessment of national capacity for law enforcement authorities has also been developed. This indicator framework will complement the Toolkit, and will be launched at the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in January 2016.

Wildlife Incident Support Teams and specialized training:

To support countries that have been affected by significant poaching, or that have made a large-scale seizure of CITES specimens, ICCWC has, upon request, deployed Wildlife Incident Support Teams (WISTs), to assist these countries and guide and facilitate appropriate follow-up actions. Such WISTs have been deployed at the request of Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. to assist national authorities to collect DNA samples from a large-scale ivory seizure for forensic analysis. A WIST was also deployed to Madagascar to provide analysis and support on the government’s efforts to deal with illegal logging and trafficking in rosewood and other precious timber species.

In addition, through its global network of regional and country offices, ICCWC has continued to provide specialized training for wildlife law enforcement officers, including specialized training in support of operations and the organization of a number of activities to support the implementation of the recommendations of the ICCWC Toolkit, such as delivering targeted training on CITES and special investigative techniques (Bangladesh, October 2015).

Coordinated enforcement efforts:

ICCWC continues to support and enhance the capacity of national agencies responsible for wildlife law enforcement to use specialized techniques such as controlled deliveries to combat wildlife crime. This has been done and is ongoing through a number of workshops and projects (China, 2011; Prague, 2015, and related activities of Projects WAYLAY and INAMA).

In addition, ICCWC has coordinated a number of operations such as INFRA TERRA, PAWS and URSA, and supported network-led operations such as COBRA II and III.

Following the convening of the First global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Bangkok, Thailand, and to further enhance cooperation and coordination among networks, a second global meeting is planned alongside the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in September 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Forensics and anti-money laundering:

As part of ICCWC’s portfolio of activities on wildlife forensics, ICCWC developed practical tools and guidelines such as the ICCWC guidelines for forensic methods and procedures of ivory sampling and analysis, and is currently developing similar guidelines for timber.

ICCWC is also developing an anti-money laundering learning programme with a specific focus on wildlife crime, which is expected to be ready by mid-2016, for the training of investigators, prosecutors, judges, and other relevant stakeholders involved in the investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime cases.

High level events:

ICCWC has contributed to generate high level support to combat illegal trade in wildlife by supporting and organizing a number of high level conferences and events such as a seminar for Heads of police and Customs on tiger crime, the ICCWC Ministerial roundtable on combating wildlife and forest crime, and a Ministerial-level and Senior Officials meeting on combating poaching and the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn.

ICCWC progress and reports:

An overview of all ICCWC activities conducted to date can be found in the different ICCWC documents and reports that have been produced to date:
  • CITES SC66 Doc. (under development); update on activities of the ICCWC since SC65 (to be presented at SC66 in January 2016).
  • CITES SC65 Doc. 16.4; Strategic matters, Cooperation with other organizations, International Consortium On Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC); July 2014 - Updated the SC on implementation of ICCWC activities since CoP16 and highlighted some of the important projects of ICCWC partner organizations delivered under their individual programmes.
  • ICCWC Annual Report 2013, July 2014.
  • CITES CoP16 Doc. 15 (Rev. 1); Strategic matters, International Consortium On Combating Wildlife Crime, March 2013 - Reported to CITES CoP on ICCWC and progress since its launch.
  • CITES SC62 Doc. 14.7; Strategic matters, Cooperation with other organizations, the International Consortium On Combating Wildlife Crime; July 2012 - Updated the SC on implementation of ICCWC activities since SC61.
  • CITES SC61 Doc. 30; Compliance and Enforcement matters; August 2011 - Reported to the CITES SC on the launch of ICCWC, the Letter of Understanding establishing ICCWC (Annex I), and an information note about ICCWC (Annex II).

Further information on these ICCWC activities, and other examples of ICCWC in action, can be found below.

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