The ARREST Asia program proved so successful that the ARREST Africa program followed in September 2015, formed by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Freeland, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and supported by the US. ARREST is the acronym for ‘Africa’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking’.
With an immediate focus on the Horn of Africa, the new program will enhance cross-border and regional collaboration in the fight against wildlife crime. More specifically, ARREST Africa will maximize the use of available legal mechanisms to address organized wildlife crime, and provide the latest techniques and technologies for information collection, analysis, surveillance and criminal asset recovery.
The ARREST model is a holistic, continent-wide program that enhances capacity and communication, facilitating the arrest, prosecution and sentencing of wildlife trafficking offenders.
ARREST Africa is being implemented by AWF, IFAW and Freeland in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), and with financial support from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).