Speaker Bio & Abstract

Edward Phiri Director
Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF)

BiographyMr. Edward Phiri is the Director of Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), the Secretariat to the Lusaka Agreement, a regional multilateral environmental agreement that promotes law enforcement cooperation in combating illegal trade in wild fauna and flora in Africa https://lusakaagreement.org/

His area of expertise is on wildlife law enforcement, more specifically in ensuring that appropriate enforcement interventions at regional and national level in combating wildlife and forest crime are put in place. Currently Mr. Phiri overseas the implementation of the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) - an initiative by the UN University in Tokyo in 2005, implemented by LATF in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Congo Brazzavile. WEMS is implemented as a web based software for collection, compilation and analysis of wildlife and forest crimes data that can facilitate timely enforcement against wildlife and forest crimes.

Mr. Phiri has more than 10 years experience in executing instruments related to Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Before joining LATF in 2012, he served at the Zambia Wildlife Authority where he held various managerial positions including being focal person on CITES and other MEAs related to wildlife conservation in Zambia.