New Wildlife Law Enforcement Tool in Cameroon

The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) has published a new book through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry entitled The Wildlife Law as a Tool for Protecting Threatened Species in Cameroon. The goal of the document is to make information regarding complex and disparate legal regulations in the country accessible to all stakeholders involved in wildlife law enforcement, including prosecutors and judges.

Stephan Ebai Takang, Cameroon's director of Wildlife and Protected Areas, notes, "Protecting our wildlife for future generations is the responsibility of every Cameroonian. It is estimated that some of Cameroon's threatened species like gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants may continue to decline if appropriate measures are not taken."

This legal guidebook outlines Cameroon's commitments regarding protection of species at risk, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered

Species and Cameroon's Wildlife Regulations. It highlights the species found in Cameroon covered by national laws, and assesses levels of regulation for each category of protected wildlife. Further, the book describes processes for establishing offenses and undertaking legal actions against perpetrators.

The book, produced both in French and English through a grant from AWI, reaffirms our commitment to supporting wildlife law enforcement across the globe.

LAGA is also producing CD-ROMs that include a searchable database of Cameroon's wildlife legislation. This should facilitate legal proceedings where wildlife crime is involved. They hope to attain funding to produce similar electronic legal guides for other developing countries in Africa. To find out how you can help, contact Ofir Drori, Director, at lastgreatape @ yahoo.com.