Fight against wildlife crime in Guinea: key players in dialogue around the issues plaguing the sector


Renaissance FM Radio

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Wildlife crime continues to preoccupy the NGOs involved in the fight against this scourge. It is this dynamic that Guinea Application of Project Wildlife Act (FLAG) gathered on Thursday 22 January at the national leadership of the environment, the key actors involved in this fight. And how? 
During this workshop exchanges, we noted the presence of judges from various courts in Conakry of Judicial Police Officers, Interpol and officials from the Ministry of the Environment Water and Forestry. Most exchanges revolved around the corruption that plagues the sector and prevents the effective implementation of the law in the relentless fight against wildlife crime. 
Hence the presence of all these players more than ever essential in this fight. “It’s criminal enforcement chain which is invited to this meeting. That is why you yourself have noticed all these personalities around the table. Because we can not promote the application of wildlife law which provides for offenses and the Palestinians without involving stakeholders who are here this morning. For an offense to be identified, tried and sentenced guests this morning are a must,” said Mohamed Bangoura, Head of the Legal Department of the FLAG project.
Before the immensity but also the complexity of the task, the FLAG project intend to stop there way. The preservation of endangered species is the backdrop for this fight which, Mr. Bangoura, should be a concern of all. So the FLAG project intends to invest to curb corruption in the field through concrete methods. “We are sometimes faced with situations of corruption in our actions but the mechanisms of our network and the FLAG project we are conducting a fight without thank you. We will act to the best of our abilities,” said the project’s lawyer.
At the end of the work are participants recommended including the adaptation of the Guinean law on wildlife crime to reality. According to them, the L 97/038 / AN of 9 December 1997 adopting and promulgating the code protection of wildlife and hunting regulations in Guinea, is now obsolete. Regarding the FLAG, it reiterates its commitment in the fight for that prison sentences are pronounced against wildlife criminals and their accomplices. One way to deter those who are tempted to venture there.
Alpha Mamadou Diallo