Law enforcement Monitoring in the Greater Mekong and Central Africa

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Law Enforcement Monitoring (LEM) is a site specific way of keeping track of law enforcement efforts. For many years the World Bank/WWF’s “Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool” (METT) has been used as a measure. METT has 12 Threat Areas & 30 Question Fields, however: only TWO refer to enforcement! 

With this in mind, WWF-Greater Mekong held two workshops (2011 & 2012) where the following topic was addressed: “…how WWF Greater Mekong is going to measure the minimum acceptable standards for species law enforcement in protected areas (whether these are being delivered by WWF or government counterparts)”… Tested in South East Asia and recently introduced to Central and Eastern Africa, Crispian J. E. A. Barlow and Alain Bernard Ononino, discuss the development of a new suite of LEM tools.

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Photo: WWF-Cameroon

About the Speakers:

Crispian J. E. A. Barlow is a Canadian who has been involved in Law Enforcement for almost 40 years. After a career with the Royal Hong Kong Police spanning 13 years and covering Marine police, uniform branch, and Tactical Unit he resigned from the Bomb Disposal Unit to immigrate to South Africa where he pursued a career as a game ranger for the next 17 yrs. Duties ranged from Game reserve management to regulatory services with Limpopo Province’s Department of Environmental Affairs. Crispian then spent two years in Vietnam to assist the Forest Protection Department to set up a national curriculum for their LE rangers. Crispian presently works for WWF Greater Mekong as the regional Law enforcement technical advisor. He has created and introduced several LE monitoring tools and written ASEAN compliant training courses for use within the five SE Asian countries he works. Crispian is presently also assisting WWF-US with policy papers to deal with LE Support by NGOs to Government conservation agencies, ranger welfare, and situational crime prevention. In his spare time Crispian is also on the board of the Ranger Federation of Asia.

Alain Bernard Ononino is a Cameroonian who has been involved in Law enforcement support for almost 10 years. He is a Lawyer who started his career in wildlife law enforcement support and the fight against corruption in 2007 within an NGO called LAGA (The Last Great Ape Organization) and he contributed in establishing the first model of collaboration between an NGO and the government in the fight against wildlife crime. His duties ranged from setting up and managing informant networks, supervising field undercover investigators, supporting field arrest operations and judiciary follow-up of wildlife cases in court. Alain contributed in replicating the LAGA model in four countries (Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Guinea-Conakry), which then became the EAGLE network. After seven years in LAGA, he joined WWF as Law enforcement coordinator for Cameroon. Alain currently occupies the position of head of policy engagement for the wildlife crime programme for the Central Africa region. He has developed WWF Cameroon Office internal protocols for running informants’ networks and supporting law enforcement activities including special procedures to compensate confidential informants and finance field arrest operations targeting high profile wildlife criminals. He also contributed to the development of Law enforcement support documents under the Wildlife Crime Initiative.

Event Resources:

Click here to for the Crispian J. E. A. Barlow slides.

Click here for the Alain Bernard Ononino slides.

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