Along with partners, Stop Ivory is monitoring how recent increases in prosecutions for poaching and ivory trading in many African countries will correspond with rates of elephant poaching. Our work to increase the risk involved for wildlife criminals remains crucial.
Together with range State governments, Stop Ivory has been working with The International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) and Space for Giants to strengthen criminal justice systems in elephant-range States by providing best practice guidelines for prosecutors using laws already in place to their best effect to help ensure criminals receive penalties proportionate to their crimes, providing guidance on how laws can be improved where needed, and helping harmonise effective laws between range States.
Having analysed existing prosecution laws and policies across Kenya, Uganda, Gabon, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Republic of Congo, Namibia and Ethiopia in Phase One, Phase Two used the data gathered to provide training materials, regional workshops, and model sentencing guidelines.
The report is now complete and freely available through the Stop Ivory Resources page .