INVESTIGATION

Investigations are activities, meant to uncover important leads on the ground, then gather intel which may point towards environmental criminals and more especially wildlife traffickers. This activity is meant to combat trafficking in protected species of fauna and flora. We are effective throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo; but also in bordering countries as per the need. Data and intelligence are provided by the Investigations department; and supported by the Operations Department, for data analysis.
Such nvestigations have saved more than 900 live protected species, ranging from.birds, primates and other mammals from the hands of traffickers.
We have also seized other wildlife products such as leopards, lions and okapi skins; 6000kg of pangolin scales ; and more than 9,000 kg of ivory intended for sale in foreign countries. We have so far worked on over 6 000 wildlife cases, made so far more than 350 prosecutions of traffickers; and bringing over 3000 traffickers where they belong. CONSERV CONGO works jointly with the authorities of the country through the Congolese Institute of Nature Conservation (ICCN); National police; the ministry for environment; and other national and international security agencies on the continent.

PROSECUTION

Legal prosecutions of traffickers and poachers are carried out when the investigations are concluded and have resulted in arrests by the competent authorities. Legal proceedings are carried out by the legal department of Conserv, made up of lawyers and paralegals, to follow up on the cases in courts. To date, CONSERV CONGO has to its credit the very first conviction of a wildlife crime in a Congolese court in 2018.
Conserv also has occasioned the largest seizure of ivory on the continent in an operation which busted 2 tons of ivory and put three criminals behind bars in 2022.
The legal department has the role of:

  • Ensure that the trial takes place according to the required rules (respect for
    of human rights and dignity, and that there is no corruption involved);
  • Monitoring the progress of the docket. Depending on the case, we associate legal firms to represent us.
  • to make contraband (seized products) available to the ICCN which is the scientific body of the state.

THE EDUCATION OF OUR COMMUNITIES

This activity is carried out by the Public Relations and Media Department.
Following the absence of a normative framework on the Congolese fauna and flora in the Congolese educational system, CONSERV CONGO has set itself the objective of educating the masses, especially the young generation on the benefits of conserving our faunal and floral wealth; on the environmental issues facing country. The final objective being to create a generation of Eco-citizens.

The main activities are:

Training

Popularization and sensitizing people on the Conservation Law (Law No. 14/003 of February 11 on conservation of nature) as well as other regulatory texts in the field of conservation and  awareness raising.
The procedures and channels for sensitization or extension vary according to the beneficiaries (the authorities, the masses and the young people). The project is also effective throughout the DRC.
For the first category (the authorities) we organize awareness and training sessions in the form of conferences and workshops.
For the masses, we raise awareness through radio and television programs as well as social networks.

For the younger generation, our priority target, we raise awareness in different schools. We proceed as follows:
1. Target beneficiary schools: although the concern is to raise awareness among all young people without exception, the emphasis is on disadvantaged schools as well as those located around National Parks and protected areas.
2. Contact those in charge of these schools and raise their awareness. At the end of the awareness campaign, we sign a contract of engagement with the school.
3. Raising student awareness, once a week at the time set by the school.
It should be noted that we organize competitions for poems, drawings, and many others that fit with the theme of the environment and we give prizes to the best performers.

It should be noted that the Department is about to launch programs related to the exchange of experiences and scientific tourism with other countries and organizations.