FISH-i Africa has been selected as one of 12 case studies to be featured in a new collection from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Launched at a learning event in Pretoria, South Africa in May 2018 ‘Combating Wildlife Trafficking Case Study Compilation: Capacity Building for Enforcement and Prosecution’ showcases global efforts to build capacity for enforcement and prosecution to combat wildlife trafficking. Cases are drawn from Africa, Asia and Central America; the final 12 were selected from 49 entries based on applicability, relevance, value of the lessons presented, and depth of analysis. Winners represent both USAID and non-USAID-funded programs.

These cases illustrate the work that is being done across the globe to combat wildlife trafficking, but importantly, they also provide insight into ways in which other efforts to combat wildlife crime can be improved for bigger impact.

Four common approaches emerged among the case study winners:

  • Using technology for effective data collection and management, building greater transparency and accountability
  • Building effective partnerships among stakeholders
  • Fostering local ownership and involvement
  • Leveraging outside experts and internal champions Capacity Building for Enforcement and Prosecution

FISH-i Africa has been at the forefront of pioneering regional cooperation and using data and technology to support the identification and understanding of illegal fishing. Mark Ssemakula of Stop Illegal Fishing, speaking at the launch event stated, “The efforts of the Task Force are making a real difference in raising awareness of the scale and complexity of illegal fishing that is taking place in the Western Indian Ocean. We are happy that FISH-i Africa was selected as one of the case studies to be published, and hope that our insights and experiences are of value to other initiatives. It was eye opening to see how the problem of wildlife trafficking is being confronted in other parts of the continent and the world and encouraging seeing the great work being done by the other winners. It is important that illegal fishing is considered alongside wildlife trafficking, given the extent of global losses and damage to biodiversity and livelihoods it causes.”

Download the Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Case Study Publication here.