Capacity building workshops in Morocco to combat wildlife trade

Capacity building workshops in Morocco to combat wildlife trade
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018
Nador, Morocco

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in collaboration with the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) and AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP), organizes two training workshops for the customs and wildlife officials in Nador from 20 to 22 and in Tangier from 26 to 28 February 2018 to combat illegal wildlife trade in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The main purpose of these workshops is to provide participants – customs and wildlife officials, with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent illegal wildlife trade, enhance the cooperation and communication between the sectors involved, and to effectively implement CITES regulations - with particular emphasis on the Barbary macaque. In addition, the workshops will support the implementation of the Moroccan law 29.05 regarding the protection and regulation of the trade in wild animals and plants. Apart from discussing efforts to combat the illegal trade in animals and plants at both national and international level, and the relevant treaties, practical exercises on the inspection and control of wildlife trade will be conducted.

The cities of Nador and Tangier were chosen to host these workshops in participation with the customs, wildlife and forestry agents, and the National Health Safety Bureau and the Royal Gendarmerie, for their geographic location as they are the key border points to Europe, which is considered a destination of major interest in selling smuggled animals and plants. This includes the Barbary macaque, an endangered primate whose numbers were significantly reduced over recent years due to targeting of the young monkeys for the exotic pet trade to European countries, and habitat fragmentation due to climate change and the growing human footprint.

The workshops are part of “Born to be Wild”, a project ensuring the sustainable protection of the endangered Barbary macaque. The project is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij), initiated by AAP and executed together with IFAW. In Morocco, the workshops are conducted in cooperation with HCEFLCD.

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