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What is WEMS?

WEMS is a web-based information system with GIS functionality which is able to identify trading routes and provide location analysis. The data entered is stored in the format of Interpol eco-message providing real time query based on computer analysis by relevant enforcement authorities; thereby providing a common information sharing platform between national enforcement agencies attending to wildlife crime within the country and with regional networks.

What is WEMS Initiative?

WEMS initiative was developed by United Nations University (UNU) in 2005 to address the challenges in wildlife law enforcement information collection, compilation, and sharing process. WEMS initiative is designed to cater to the national government’s needs in managing information and reporting them; and support them in attaining national targets and fulfilling international commitments under MEAs and for SDGs.



WEMS Initiative components

WEMS Initiative comprises of the following components:

Acts as a common information sharing platform for enforcement agencies at a national and regional level

Provides information on the location and timing of the wildlife crime in a map and indicates the trading routes

An automatic eco- messaging tool which supports enforcement officials to send eco-messages electronically to INTERPOL and CITES

Provides training for national enforcement agencies in enforcement information compilation and in analyzing of the WEMS data

Undertakes researches and analyses to inform the policymakers, decision- makers and public regarding the trends

WEMS Asia

The WEMS Secretariat under the AIT Solutions in the Asian Institute of Technology will coordinate the implementation of WEMS in Asia. WEMS Asia will focus on replicating the information-sharing framework in operation in Africa and facilitate transcontinental collaboration with Africa and other continents.

Currently, consultations with the Asian governments, regional enforcement networks, multilateral and bilateral development partners and non-governmental organisations are underway to deploy WEMS and develop capacity building programmes in the region.

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WEMS Africa

The Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) is the nodal agency for WEMS implementation in Africa. LATF is an intergovernmental body with the main function of facilitating cooperative activities in and among the Party states to the Lusaka Agreement, in carrying out investigations on violations of national laws pertaining to illegal trade in wild fauna and flora.
In July 2011, WEMS Africa was formally launched with deployment in four East African countries namely Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda under Phase 1. The Phase 2 commenced in June 2016 with roll out of WEMS in Liberia and Zambia.

Sustainable Development Goals

Conserve and sustainibly use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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