The EPI co-Secretariat has been awarded funding from the UK Government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund to work with the Angolan government to develop investigation and prosecution capabilities.

The project focuses on the provision of support to the Government of Angola to strengthen the criminal justice pathway for wildlife crime, and to analyse and reduce domestic and trans-boundary ivory trade.

Additionally, with the generous sponsorship of GardaWorld, Stop Ivory has conducted several initiatives aimed at strengthening Angola’s anti-poaching capability and National Park management. This included a ‘knowledge exchange’ visit to Lewa for senior Ministry of Environment Staff and INBAC personnel, and specialist ranger training conducted in two vital locations to combat poaching.

The Environment Minister and dignitaries visited the first ranger training held at government ranger school Menongue which is being delivered by Kenyan specialists 51 Degrees though Stop Ivory. At Menongue, the Minister also formally opened the Angola chapter of the Game Rangers Association of Africa, laying the ground for strengthening the country’s national parks.

Alex Rhodes, Stop Ivory’s former CEO, travelled to Angola for the occasion with Stop Ivory Director and now-retired EY Global Leader David Stulb. Two new GPS units and six Huawei tablets were presented to the government to enable the further roll-out of the ivory SMS.

Work in Angola has been prioritised for 2018 – with plans underway for a Rapid Needs Assessment for protected area management, ongoing mentoring and a ranger induction programme –  Stop Ivory will continue to develop our close working relationship with the Government to ensure that Angola’s important elephant population is protected.