Out of Africa: How West and Central Africa have become the epicentre of ivory and pangolin scale trafficking to Asia details how endemic corruption, weak or absent rule of law, low levels of development and hotspots of armed conflict have left the region wide open to exploitation by well-organised transnational criminal gangs.
The world’s eight pangolin species are experiencing catastrophic levels of poaching and trafficking to feed demand for their scales, meat and other body parts. In 2016, the global community agreed to make the international commercial trade in pangolins and their parts and derivatives illegal.
41 countries and the EU adopted the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, committing to tackle this multi-billion dollar transnational crime. This report summarises the key findings of our preliminary assessment and reiterates recommendations which should be made a priority for time-bound implementation