ANCE-Togo organized on March 24, 2015 the stakeholders experiences sharing workshop on illicit trafficking in wildlife and flora species in Togo. This workshop gathered about fifty participants coming from French Embassy, Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources, Ministry of Security and Civil Protection, Ministry of justice, Interpol of Lomé, Custome Office, National Assembly committee in charge of environment and climate change, NGOs and media houses.
The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr Marc Fonbaustier, s French Ambassador to Togo, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources, the Chair of the Committee in charge of Environment and Climate Change of the National Assembly and ANCE-Togo Executive Director.
The working sessions were characterized by five (5) important communications focused respectively on: problematic related to trade in wildlife and flora species in Togo (Ms MITCHIKPE Sonia), seizures inventory management (Mr. BAKAI Hubert), progress in seizures in wildlife species in Togo (AGBODJI Kossi), the implication of the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection in fighting against the traffic of wildlife and flora (Lieutenant AWI Essosimna), the regulation in force on wildlife and flora in Togo: challenges and perspectives (Ms MITCHIKPE Sonia). Debates and discussions were rich and edifying and participants’ enthousiasm showed the importance they have granted to thematics approached. Essentially, debates focused on the weakness of the law, publics auctions sales of seized products, stakeholders’ cooperation, fight against corruption.
At the end of the workshop, participants formulated the following recommendations:
- Accelarate the establishment and operationalization of a coordinating committee for a better collaboration
- Involve all stakeholders fighting illicit trade of species in the upcoming validation workshop of the legal study to review the forest code and the environmental law framework
- Elaborate the implementation decrees of the forest code and the environmental law framework
- Centralize all seizures in single place, notably in the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection
- Organize an official ceremony during which all illicit products seized should be destroyed
This workshop has known a tremendous media coverage.