Law Enforcement

Strict enforcement of wildlife protection laws is the best way to guarantee the survival of western gorillas in the immediate term.

These enforcement activities are implemented by teams of ecoguards, working both inside protected areas and in peripheral areas, and includes targeting transport networks such as boats, trains and aeroplanes which are often used to transport bushmeat to markets.

In the longer term, awareness-raising campaigns need to be conducted amongst police and local authorities to improve the application of legal sanctions in cases of poaching.