More than an Ounce of Prevention for Wildlife Law Enforcement in Papua New Guinea

In his opening speech, Commissioner Juffa stressed the importance of collaboration and networking among relevant government agencies in combating illegal wildlife trade. "The animals of Papua New Guinea deserve our consideration, protection and care," which I thought was particularly poignant.

The participants in the Papua New Guinea wildlife trade workshop presented in part with IFAW support.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare, the New Zealand Wildlife Enforcement Group and Papua New Guinea Customs are currently hosting a Prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade training in the capital city of Port Moresby

The workshop was opened on Monday, 9 May, by Mr. Gary Juffa, Papua New Guinea's Commissioner of Customs, along with brief remarks from me, and Mr. Stuart Williamson of the New Zealand Wildlife Enforcement Group. Meeting participants include senior customs officials, police, officials from the Department of Environment and Conservation (CITES Management Authority) and Quarantine.

In his opening speech, Commissioner Juffa stressed the importance of collaboration and networking among relevant government agencies in combating illegal wildlife trade. "The animals of Papua New Guinea deserve our consideration, protection and care," which I thought was particularly poignant.

The training is designed to provide participants with the information, knowledge, skills and motivation needed to effectively combat illegal trade in wildlife on the ground; to become familiar with the wildlife species most commonly found in international trade in Oceania; and to learn about relevant national and international regulations governing the trade in wild animal and plants.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with more than 850 indigenous language groups and at least as many traditional societies, yet its population is just under seven million. It is also one of the world’s most rural nations; only 18% of its people live in urban centers. The country is one of the least explored, culturally and geographically, on the plant and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior of Papua New Guinea.

This is the fourth in a series of trainings that have been held in the Pacific region by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the New Zealand Wildlife Enforcement Group under the auspices of the Oceania Customs Organization. Previous trainings were conducted in New Zealand, Samoa and the Solomon Islands, all with the main focus of building local capacity for effective wildlife law enforcement via practical, hands-on trainings.


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