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USAID supports Mozambican Attorney General’s Office to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

by Claire Price last modified Nov 28, 2017 04:30 PM
Contributors: EDG Office Weekly Bullets: DRG
In September 2017, USAID signed an agreement with the Mozambican Attorney General's Office to implement a Wildlife Crime Prosecution Support Program.
USAID supports Mozambican Attorney General’s Office to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

The signing ceremony: Ambassador Dean Pittman, USAID Acting Mission Director Sheryl Stumbras, Attorney General Beatriz Buchili and participants.

On Thursday September 28, 2017, Ambassador Dean Pittman, and Acting USAID Mission Director Sheryl Stumbras, signed a new Agreement with the Mozambican Attorney General’s Office (AGO), represented by Attorney General Beatriz Buchili, to implement the Wildlife Crime Prosecution Support Program. In recent years, transnational organized criminal syndicates have used Mozambique as a major source and hub for illicit wildlife products, which has resulted in a precipitous decline in the elephant population in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve and in the rhinoceros population in and around southern Mozambique’s Great Trans-frontier Limpopo Park. In response, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (GRM) has recently strengthened its Biodiversity Conservation Law to expand the GRM’s authority to prosecute a wider range of crimes associated with wildlife poaching and trafficking cases. Under this new two year agreement between USAID and the AGO, USAID will provide training and technical assistance to field prosecutors to pursue criminals under the new laws.