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2015-2016 Annual Summary Wildlife Enforcement Directorate

Taking Our Actions Forward

The 2015-2016 fiscal year was an important year for WED. In addition to conducting nearly 5,000 inspections and taking more than 900 enforcement actions, this year was also marked by the growth of our partnerships, resources, skill sets and capacity.

We are particularly proud of the work we have done this year, both at home and on the international scene. Safeguarding wildlife and its habitat is critical to ensuring its viability and sustainable use for generations to come.

As we look forward to 2016-2017, we face significant opportunities and challenges. While we remain focused on our mandate, wildlife crime is on the rise around the world. To respond, we will continue to undertake initiatives that deepen our partnerships with national and international organizations, and strengthen our capacities to detect, intervene and take actions against the most serious violators of wildlife legislation.

In particular, in 2016-2017 we look forward to:

  • Providing advanced training to WED’s wildlife officers on the safe handling of venomous animals, as well as hunting trophies.

  • Continuing our work to position our Intelligence function as a key driver of our operations.

  • Further enhancing the sophistication of our information technology resources and capabilities so we can be better equipped to target the worst offenders.

  • Continuing to implement the Three-Pronged Approach in Indigenous communities in the North.

  • Deepening our partnerships with key organizations through formalized mechanisms to ensure a coordinated approach to enforcement.

  • Continuing to engage with our partners and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally to advance our expertise on combatting wildlife crime.

Through these actions and others, WED will continue to show its leadership on the protection and conservation of wildlife and its habitat in Canada and abroad, while contributing to a world where sustainable use is not threatened by law.

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