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The view from Mount Cameroon. Cameroon is a priority country for strengthening legal timber trade © A. Walmsley / TRAFFIC

Africa working on sustainable timber, trade monitoring and wildlife crime

The view from Mount Cameroon. Cameroon is a priority country for strengthening legal timber trade © A. Walmsley / TRAFFIC

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TRAFFIC in Africa

Africa is a treasure-trove of natural biodiversity, home to an abundant array of wildlife and supporting invaluable unique ecosystems. 

Unfortunately, African countries continue to suffer critical rates of poaching and unsustainable trade which threaten not just a myriad of irreplaceable animal and plant species, but also has an effect on governance, local economies, national security, and wider social issues. We work across the continent to monitor trade levels and support governments in strengthening wildlife legislation and develop stronger enforcement capacity.

Africa focus:

trade monitoring, enforcement support, sustainable harvesting, regulatory change

contact us in Africa

East Africa (Tanzania)

+255 22 2701676
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Central Africa (Cameroon)

+237 22 06 74 09
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Southern Africa (South Africa)

+27 12 342 8304/5
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Paulinus Ngeh, Director - Central Africa

Africa bares the brunt of wildlife crime and unsustainable trade. Strengthening enforcement capacity and legality frameworks is essential if we are to preserve the continent's spectacular biodiversity

Paulinus Ngeh, Director - Central Africa

some areas of focus within wildlife trade in Africa

Explore the contextual background to some of our prioirites in Africa and their links to our wider projects and conservation strategy.

There has been a strong positive international response to the poaching crisis affecting the African continent. Co-ordinated action between governments, and ongoing support from the public and conservation community has brought the issues of wildlife poaching and unsustainable trade to the international stage.

We are working to ensure that positive commitments translate into tangible action, including helping to develop new approaches to tackling wildlife crime and facilitating changes to national and international legislation.

a selection of our conservation projects in Africa

latest reports related to AFRICA

Africa is a major source of wildlife products, so many of our reports are concern wildlife trade from Africa. Explore the latest publications here.

For the full TRAFFIC archive, visit our publications page.