In recognition of the problems associated with wildlife trafficking in the Horn of Africa, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Freeland Foundation (FF) have jointly developed a comprehensive five-year program to significantly reduce wildlife crime in the region. This builds on the stated desire of the Horn of African countries themselves, who have agreed to form their own Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN). HAWEN members currently consist of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda. The proposed support program, entitled "Africa's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking" (ARREST), exists specifically to assist wildlife enforcement networks. ARREST will provide the tools that are crucial for HAWEN's success, such as capacity-building and law enforcement training, infrastructure resources, community education, regional communication mechanisms, and livelihoods projects.
The partnership proposes to support the HAWEN in its fledgling phase with key staff support and a HAWEN Secretariat, which will act as the regional coordinating body. They will also provide funding for HAWEN member countries' participation in annual meetings and for national outreach efforts. In addition, the partnership proposes to implement select components of the ARREST program to build the capacity of countries to combat wildlife trafficking, including national and regional needs assessments to determine challenges pertinent to each country; anti-trafficking training for law enforcement; national judiciary training; an INTERPOL-led investigation to apprehend wildlife crime perpetrators; and community awareness to build support for the law enforcement activities.
|Location||Eastern Africa, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Uganda|