In order to reduce crimes against wildlife in Mozambique, as of this Monday (12th), the training of Public Ministry Magistrates on the criminal sections of the provincial prosecutors’ offices based on the legal investigation manual and the penalty of criminal proceedings took place against wildlife.
The four-day training from the 12th to the 16th that addresses various wildlife protection issues and this event is from the Gera Attorney General’s Office, ANAC and its partners USAID, UNDC, WWF.
The opening of the training was conducted by the Deputy Attorney General of the Republic Amabélia Chuquela, and this training that started last Monday was aimed at supporting the provincial prosecutors of the Republic, affecting the criminal sections of the central region of the country to use a legal manual in the restoration prosecuting criminals, criminal networks organized and involved in wildlife crimes, improving understanding of wildlife related crime in its impact including organized criminal nature in wildlife trafficking, improving the quality of prosecutions and final prosecutions,ensure the accountability of criminals or criminal networks organized and involved in crimes against wildlife through the establishment of autonomous processes and standardize the procedures of action of various actors in this matter, of which ANAC, SERNIC and the Public Ministry itself in the investigation of crimes against fauna wild.
According to Amabélia Chuquela Deputy Attorney General of the Republic from this training hopes that it can facilitate the mechanism of the use of the improved legal manual of prevention and awareness, reprimand to wildlife trafficking strengthened mechanisms by coordination between different actors in the investigation of preparatory investigation of crimes against wildlife.
“For the public prosecutor, the fight against wildlife crimes is part of the range of activities of the ministry and that is why all trainees are expected to take greater advantage of this training that begins that guarantees the protection of biodiversity protection in the provinces where they are located working, ”said Amabélia Chuquela Deputy Attorney General of the Republic.
USAID’s Nathain Sage mentioned that the world faces challenges from the covid-19 pandemic which has forced states to create various methods of pandemic prevention. The global community is currently facing challenges and the tourism sector has been experiencing high numbers of losses due to crime against biodiversity.
“Poaching and wildlife trafficking creates a bad climate of national heritage associated with other illicit acts of animals such as smuggling, counterfeiting and use of weapons, corruption and money laundering,” said Nathan Sage of USAID.
It is in this context that the public ministry reinforces the fight against crime against wildlife together with its coordination partners for the prevention and combat of infractions against biodiversity, namely the slaughter of protected species, and thus it is extremely important to strengthen institutional coordination with the Administration. National Conservation Areas (ANAC) with the Police for the protection of natural resources and with other public and private institutions that struggle with the protection of biodiversity.
And at the international level, the sector signed a memorandum of understanding with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China, countries that were identified as preceptors of illegal wildlife products.
On the other hand, the situation of crimes against wildlife in the first half of 2020 in the country, the sector registered a procedural movement of 91 cases against 119 in the period of the previous year, which means a reduction of 28 cases in the order of 30.8% and the total 78 cases were dispatched against 104 the previous year, which means a reduction of 26 cases in the order of 25%. Eighteen cases against 15 were carried over to the second half of the year.
In statistical terms, Sofala province registered the highest number of cases out of a total of thirty.
And still in the first semester, the most committed crimes were registered, as is the case with prohibited hunting, with twenty-seven processes and 14 processes of prohibited conservation data.