Translated from the French by an automated online translation service, so please excuse the roughness. See link for the French original.
Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative illegal businesses in the world, with an estimated annual value of $23 billion. It represents a multifaceted global threat, with challenges specific to each country or region.
Chad, for its part, according to Alhadji Ismaël Chaïbo, Technical Director General of Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources, is characterized by great biological diversity with a network of protected areas representative of Saharan, Sahelian and Sudano-Guinean ecosystems.
“Some protected areas (PAs) in Chad, benefit from the support of effective partners in terms of conservation on the other hand, other PAs are sorely lacking in support threatening the loss of their biodiversity,” he laments.
For him, poaching and wildlife trafficking are eroding biodiversity and ecosystems, and ravaging key populations of endangered species, some of which are on the brink of extinction.
They create insecurity, perpetuate conflict, encourage corruption and are practised wherever the wildlife is saved.
“This is how the APEF Programme, funded by the European Union, supported the development of the AML’s national strategy in order to make available to the government, a strategic document for the Fight Against Poaching (AML),” continues the Technical Director General of Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources.
The participants in this workshop, inform the terms of reference, will discuss and validate the approach and key steps of the process of developing the national strategy for the fight against poaching which is an imperative for the conservation of Chad’s biodiversity.
Also, they will take stock and analyze the current situation in terms of LAB in Chad; to write the elements and scenarios expected for an effective application of the National Elephant Conservation Strategy and for the development of a future national LAB strategy and finally, to establish the APEF intervention framework to provide support to LAB emergency operations.