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WCC 2012 Rec 138 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Cambridge Office
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Secretariat
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
South and East Asia
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & The Environment ( DEA ) / South Africa
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation ( DNPWC ) / Nepal
Directorate General Ecosystem and Natural Resources Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry / Indonesia
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change / India
Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife / Kenya
IUCN Commissions: 
I do not know
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/Networking• South Africa’s GEF rhino support project seeks to boost forensic and investigative capacity in the country. ...
Field activitiesCamera trapping of the Sumatran Rhino
Field activitiesCapacity building of law enforcement and judiciary to improved surveillance, detection and prosecution
Field activities• In Africa progress has been achieved with Mozambique finally passing legislation criminalising rhino offences with provision in law for deterrent sentences for the first time. Regulations to go with the new laws are currently being drafted with legal assistance of Peace Parks Foundation. ...
Other• The need for better intelligence gathering has been articulated in various fora but there still remains a need for better intelligence data collection and analysis (such as social network analysis) aimed higher up criminal syndicates (levels 3-5) rather than at the lower poacher, local courier level where most intelligence is currently collected. ...
Policy influencing/advocacy• All range states are supportive of demand reduction initiatives in implicated states in the hope they will succeed and help reduce demand and take the pressure off rhinos. This has also been strongly promoted by CITES. ...
Policy influencing/advocacy• This amongst other issues is being promoted by both the new Southern African Development Community (SADC) Law Enforcement and Anti-Poaching Strategy and the African Union’s African Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora ...
Scientific/technical activities• IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry of Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), University of Queensland, and TRAFFIC jointly organised an important “Beyond Enforcment” meeting to examine community led approaches to combating...
Scientific/technical activities• The RhoDIS rhino DNA database system is increasingly being used in investigations and court cases. Samples have been and are being supplied by many range states including South Africa, Nambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Uganda. ...
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Efforts to conserve rhinos have resulted in reduced poaching rates in some areas, but the fate of the Javan and Sumatran rhino remain of grave concern. White rhinos in Africa continue to be the target of organised poaching gangs, despite increased enforcement efforts.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
None specifically
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Scientific/technical activities