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Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) is a form of cooperation between different countries for the purpose of collecting and exchanging information to assist in criminal investigations or court proceedings. It is a particularly useful tool in the fight against wildlife crimes, which are often transnational in nature. This report serves as a guide on the steps that must be taken to complete an MLA request in relation to wildlife crime.
In recent years the Government of Malawi has worked to reduce the poaching and trafficking of protected animals by strengthening all parts of the judicial chain. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the legislation that is available to be used to combat wildlife crime in Malawi. It also provides recommendations for further strengthening the legislative framework to fully implement best practices and standards.
This report summarises the case for banning single-use plastics in Malawi, based on available information from Malawi as well as research and experience from Africa and internationally. The authors argue that not only should Malawi reinstate its ban on plastic bags, but also extend the ban to all single-use plastics.
This report covers the progress made in combatting illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in Malawi since the first IWT Review was published in 2015. It includes an overview of the recommendations developed in 2015, a review of those measures successfully implemented, and a roadmap for the Government of Malawi and other stakeholders on how to build on these successes and continue to combat IWT.
The Sentencing Guidelines for Wildlife Crimes in Malawi Courts were developed to support the judiciary in determining appropriate sentences for wildlife crime. The Guidelines outline the purpose of sentencing and provide a detailed guide to the penalty provisions in the National Parks and Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2017.
This landmark report is a comprehensive technical review of illegal wildlife trade in Malawi. The report analyses wildlife crime data, wildlife legislation, enforcement capacity and agencies, judiciary and prosecution services and the drivers of wildlife crime. The Review provides a series of recommended tasks and actions to tighten legislation, enhance enforcement efforts and increase prosecution rates and sentences faced by criminals.
Last year our initiatives continued to protect wild animals, inspire school children, galvanise communities and drive policy change. In recognition of the fact that the challenges facing our natural world are becoming ever more complex, we also embraced work to tackle a broader range of environmental threats, such as plastic pollution and the illegal trade in charcoal.
The results of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust's work in 2018-19 included: Malawi's Government rejecting a trophy hunting proposal, 278 animals were rehabilitated at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s first Wildlife Detection Dog Unit was launched, a thin plastics ban campaign was supported by high-level parliamentarians and 37,500 children were reached by our education programmes.
Despite the ongoing conservation challenges in Malawi, 2017 was a successful year for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust – regulations protecting an additional 216 species were passed in Parliament, the Wildlife Crime Justice Programme produced record results, veterinary support was provided for the world’s largest elephant translocation and Malawi’s first Wildlife Research Institute was set up, to name just a few.
Wildlife crimes such as the bush-meat and illegal pet trades are still commonplace and not only cause suffering for individual animals but also threaten species with extinction. Despite this, 2016 was a successful year for Lilongwe Wildlife Trust – a new wildlife act, the country’s first wildlife crime investigation unit, awards, record wildlife rescues and releases, and the highest ever participation in our conservation education programme.