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Establishing Policies to Support Civil Society
Cooperative partnerships between CSOs and legislators/policymakers can be valuable in drafting or reviewing key policies that are often circumvented by IWT networks. These partnerships can help close information gaps and legal loopholes that trafficking enterprises most often exploit.
Efforts by CSOs in both countries have succeeded in moving wildlife trafficking closer to the forefront of law enforcement’s priorities, and increasing jail terms and fines for wildlife and environmental crimes.
Having open channels for information is crucial to intelligence gathering by local NGOs and law enforcement, and helps inform decision making and resource allocation.
Secure and anonymous outlets such as hotlines are essential to protect people from the reprisal of corrupt law enforcement and other members of government who have the ability to influence the outcomes of criminal investigations.
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