US Ambassador visits forensics training workshop in Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia, 15th February 2019—Daniel Foote, the US Ambassador to Zambia today visited the Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation Training Course currently underway in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
The meeting, convened by TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network, the Netherlands Forensic Institute and TRAFFIC is taking place thanks to financial support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, European Union and USAID.
It brings together 24 senior investigators from the Departments of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in Zambia and Malawi plus laboratory staff from the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe.
Wildlife crime is recognised as one of the most serious threats facing the world’s iconic wild species, but all too often efforts to apprehend those engaged in criminal activities are undermined by a lack of resources to collect robust evidence using forensic science.
During his visit Ambassador Foote said: “I am delighted to see at firsthand the forensics capacity building taking place here this week, which will help equip enforcement agencies in three countries of southern Africa in their efforts to curb the scourge of international wildlife crime.”
During the training events, participants learned about poaching crime scene investigation techniques, evidence collection and storage, and how to gather evidence in a variety of different environments such as airport seizure scenarios.
The role of detector dogs in helping screen luggage, cargoes and vehicles at roadblocks was also demonstrated.
We are delighted with the donor support from USAID, players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the European Commission who have made this training opportunity possible and we look forward to its future impacts in helping bring wildlife criminals to justice
Dr Rob Ogden of TRACE, one of the course tutors
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