Interpol and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Interpol's international headquarters in Lyon, France. This is the first ever MoU signed by Interpol's Environmental Crime Programme with an NGO. "International organized criminal syndicates are wiping out the world's animals. NGOs, law enforcement agencies and governments have to become equally organized, determined and equipped in dealing with this emerging and growing threat which impact species conservation and international security," said Azzedine Downes, IFAW CEO and President.
"IFAW's relationship with Interpol began in 2005 and has continued to grow over the years on the basis of shared goals, trust, mutual respect and responsibility. Today's signing is a deepening of that relationship and reflects the complementary expertise that IFAW and INTERPOL bring to the table."
"This agreement with IFAW will provide further momentum to efforts worldwide in identifying and dismantling the criminal organizations engaged in wildlife trafficking," said INTERPOL's Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin who signed the MoU on behalf of the world police body.
"Criminal organizations engaged in wildlife trafficking have no respect for our environment and no regard for borders, conducting their illicit activities wherever there is the most profit to be made.
IFAW and Interpol have collaborated on numerous projects since 2005 including the Interpol's largest-ever international illegal ivory trade operation which occurred in 2012 and was called Operation Worthy. More....