With enduring global demand for rhino horn and systemic weaknesses in local law enforcement, wildlife poaching in Africa continues to rise. It has become a threat to regional security as well, with organized criminal networks increasingly seeking to exploit the profit potential and utilize preexisting trafficking networks, particularly in Southern Africa. The vast networks mean that solutions will require cooperation between international, national, and local law enforcement. States must also improve the quality and number of investigations and prosecutions of high-level figures in poaching syndicates. Finally, the challenge of corruption within the state, police, intelligence, and conservation agencies must be addressed.
Security Topics: Combating Organized Crime