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Wildlife law enforcement: A dissection of the challenges and the available tools

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Greetings! Please join ABCG for a presentation featuring: Naftali Honig, Coordinator of PALF; and Founding Director, the EAGLE Network.
When Jan 21, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund 1250 24th Street, NW Conference Room 2004A Washington DC, DC 20037
Contact Name
Contact Phone 202-347-0672 Ext 8184
Attendees Naftali Honig
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Naftali came to Congo over seven years ago and has spent most of his time there working directly with law enforcement. The very foundation for the application of law is unreliable and things do not always appear as they seem - so how can we effectively combat wildlife crime in this environment? All too common a question today in areas of weak governance, Naftali will speak about both successes and failures in a discussion of the amalgam of challenges that form the current poaching and trafficking crisis on the African continent.
About the Presenter:
Naftali has been based in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo for the last six years as the coordinator of PALF (Project for the Application of Law for Fauna), working under The Aspinall Foundation (TAF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS); he is also President of EAGLE-U.S. and a Founding Director of the EAGLE Network. Naftali also founded the Sniffer Dog Program as an offshoot.
Naftali took over the first replication of the LAGA model in 2009, leading a consortium of the two aforementioned NGOs and the Congolese Ministry of Forestry to sign a MoU in 2010. He also received an authorization from the Congolese Supreme Court to work with Courts and Prisons across the country to support the application of wildlife law as per the LAGA model. Since then, many groundbreaking arrests and prosecutions have taken place including of well-connected wildlife dealers, international smugglers, corrupt park rangers and other officials and notorious poachers. In collaboration with other projects following the LAGA model, now organized under the EAGLE Network, Naftali has worked on international investigations in addition to the dozens of cases per year followed by PALF.
As a co-founder of the EAGLE Network, he also incorporated EAGLE-U.S. in Washington D.C. in collaboration with Ofir Drori and Luc Mathot, which funds efforts to fight wildlife crime across 10 African countries.
Naftali's passion for Central African wildlife came from living and working for a year in Conkouati-Douli National Park, mostly in the rainforest, where on a daily basis he encountered iconic wildlife like chimpanzees, gorillas and elephants and learned to love the web of biodiversity that the forest held. This still drives him today and he visits the forests of Congo and natural areas abroad whenever he has a chance.
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