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Action for Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are one of the most iconic victims of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) crisis. Because of inadequate law enforcement and inaction by governments, the illegal trade in great apes is a low-risk and lucrative business. Thousands of chimpanzees are taken from the wild each year to fill the demand for pets, tourist attractions, bushmeat, and body parts, which may generate up to US$6.4 million annually for those involved in the illicit supply chain.

PASA is planning a 2019 Conference on Western Chimpanzee Trafficking to reduce the trade in critically endangered western chimpanzees.

Curtailing the illicit trade of western chimpanzees and preventing their impending extinction will require greater sharing of information, coordination, mobilization, and funding efforts both regionally and internationally. PASA and partner organizations intend to bring together government agencies, sanctuaries, and other NGOs in West Africa, international organizations and agencies as well as representatives of private sector businesses that are linked to trafficking at a Conference on Western Chimpanzee Trafficking in 2019.

The conference will cultivate collaboration and launch action plans that curtail the threats to western chimpanzees’ survival. The conference will achieve the following:

  • Collectively develop a multiple-year, cross-border initiative to sustainably reduce IWT.
  • Confront the severity of IWT in West Africa, particularly the risk of extinction of chimpanzees.
  • Engage relevant government agencies as partners in fighting wildlife trafficking.
  • Engage private sector companies working in the region to become partners in conservation.
  • Identify key contact people in relevant government agencies.

This conference will also produce a practical plan for increasing law enforcement by strengthening partnerships with enforcement agencies and organizations such as the EAGLE Network and INTERPOL.

This will be complemented by a region-wide public awareness program that includes radio and social media advertisements as well as strategically placed billboards.