New Crime Fighting Equipment for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife

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5th January 2018, Chilanga, Lusaka: the Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) hosted a ceremony at their headquarters for the official handover from WCP - Wildlife Crime Prevention of motor vehicles and other equipment to help address the illegal wildlife trade in Zambia.

At the event DNPW director, Mr. Paul Zyambo was presented with ten vehicles, laptops, smart phones, cameras and other equipment by WCP, with funding from the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). In attendance were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, Dr. Liya Mutale as well as representatives from the United States Embassy and the African Parks Network.

The U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL) leads the United States’ anti-crime and counter-narcotics efforts and assists its partner nations in increasing their law enforcement capacities. As part of a joint grant “ZAPIT – Zambian Prevention of International Trade in Wildlife” WCP in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and African Parks have been awarded 2 years of funding to support DNPW in combatting wildlife trafficking in the North Luangwa/Bangweulu Wetlands region.

Since 1986, FZS has been working with DNPW in the North Luangwa region and has been involved in the management of North Luangwa National Park and its surrounding areas. The Bangweulu Wetlands are managed through the Bangweulu Wetlands Management Board, a public-private partnership between African Parks, DNPW and the six Bangweulu communities. This northern region of Zambia is home to important elephant, rhino and lion populations which are in need of protection from increasing wildlife crime.

This project will implement a cross border approach to strengthening law enforcement and criminal justice institutions tackling the wildlife trafficking hotspots across this northern region of Zambia. Operational funding will be provided for 12 Intelligence and Investigations Units in the area which borders both Tanzania and Malawi and is under increasing threat from organised transnational wildlife crime syndicates.

In 2017, WCP’s support to the DNPW Intelligence and Investigations Units throughout Zambia aided in the arrest of 1,263 suspects, the seizure of 3,062kgs of ivory, 34 heavy calibre rifles, 356 rifles (shotguns and muzzleloaders), 5,591kgs of bushmeat and 70 pangolins. This has been possible due to funding from our partners who include The Wildcat Foundation, Vulcan Inc. and The Elephant Crisis Fund.

Wildlife Crime Prevention continues to support the Department of National Parks and Wildlife under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts in working tirelessly to ensure wildlife criminals are brought to justice in Zambia.