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.
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 comprises of the following components:
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.Learn More
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.
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The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) Initiative comprises of eminent experts from diverse backgrounds from across the world to provide a mix of necessary expertise. The TAG is primarily designed to provide strategic guidance to the leadership of the Secretariat, ensure that the initiative remains true to its mission, and will help promote and provide strategic direction for its development and implementation. Members of the TAG serve in their individual capacity.