Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says environmental crimes such as poaching has negatively affected the economies of many African Countries more especially in the Southern Region, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
Speaking at the official opening of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organization (SARPCCO) Rhino, Elephant and illegal logging Environmental Crime workshop in Lusaka yesterday, IG kanganja said there is need to address the menace on wildlife by putting in place austerity measures.
Mr. Kanganja stated that the three day workshop will ensure that delegates are professionally trained and urged them to go back in their respective countries and train others also so that countries in SADC region can quickly address the scourge that have endangered species like Elephant, Rhinos, Pangolin and leopards.
He cited the recent plummeting reports showing populations in various countries as a result of illegal wildlife traders.
Mr. Kanganja stressed the need for countries and conservationists in the SADC region to come up with new approaches and strategies that will expedite in fighting transitional crimes which are on the increase in the region.
He observed that the gangs are using sophisticated methods which include water poisoning, planes and night vision equipment to track Rhinos.
“Environmental crimes such as poaching has negatively affected the economies of many African countries more especially in the southern region” IG Kakoma kanganja said
Meanwhile the Regional specialized officer Mr. Rso Mbumba based in Harare said in his remarks that it is important to hasten the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations so that the environment gets protected and the environmental harm is reduced as soon as possible.
Mr. Mbumba anticipated that delegates will utilize the three day workshop to devise appropriate strategies which will succor in combating environmental crimes in the SADC region.
“The importance of enforcing environmental laws and regulations is that the environment gets protected and the environmental harm is reduced” he said