4th Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks

4th Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in cooperation with its partners from the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) and with generous funding support from the United States of America convened the Fourth Global Meeting of Wildlife Enforcement Networks on 21 to 22 November 2023, alongside the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19), in Panama. 

The meeting provided a platform for further enhancing synergies between existing initiatives and regional enforcement bodies, strengthening cooperation at regional and global levels, and exploring potential activities to be pursued with the aim of further strengthening responses to wildlife crime.




The report of the meeting is available here

The agenda of the meeting is available here

The press release is available here.







Directory of network focal points

Directories of wildlife enforcement network focal points, and other enforcement and species specific focal points can be found here.

Network Information Sheets and Presentations

Information Sheets:

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Working Group on CITES and Wildlife Enforcement (ASEAN CITES and WE); China National Inter-agencies CITES Enforcement Coordination Group (NICEGG); Commission of Central African Forests / Central Africa WEN (COMIFAC); European Commission Enforcement Working Group ; European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL) ;Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HA-WEN); Latin American Environmental Prosecutors Network / South America Wildlife Enforcement NetworkWEN (SudWEN); Lusaka Agreement Taskforce (LATF); North America Wildlife Enforcement Group (NAWEG); Red de Observancia y Aplicación de la Normativa Silvestre para Centroamérica y República Dominicana / Central America WEN (ROAVIS); Rhino and Elephant Security Group (RESG); South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) and; World Customs Organization (WCO) Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO) of Central Africa and West Africa.


All content and materials included in the presentations is the sole responsibility of the respective presenters.

Session 1 - Outcomes from the 3rd Global meeting of WENs and activities undertaken in this regard

Session 2 – Increased collaboration and communication, both within and between networks

Session 3 - Exploring opportunities to further enhance synergies and collaboration

Session 5 – Promoting the use of existing tools and services

Session 6 - Operational support and opportunities for WEN engagement

Session 8 – Identification of key wildlife crime trends and associated matters and engagement in operational activities at global/regional level

The meeting followed the firstsecond and third global meetings held respectively in the margins of CITES CoP16 (Bangkok, 2013), CITES CoP17 (Johannesburg, 2016) and CITES CoP18 (Geneva, 2019). 

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