The prestigious Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. Hundreds of delegates attending the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES gathered to honor the heroic efforts of wildlife law enforcement officers who often put their lives in jeopardy to protect wildlife and uphold the rule of law. The Elephant Action League covered the expenses of the first Italian recipient, Mr. Marco Fiori, in order to have him personally receive the award.
Other recipients include 13 officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service and 7 officers from Chad who have died in the line of duty, struck down by poachers bullets.
In the picture, from left: Alake (Kenya Wildlife Service), Bill Clark (former Chairman of INTERPOL’s Wildlife Crime Working Group), Marco Fiori (recipient of the Award, Chief Operational Officer at the National CITES Investigation Unit of the Corpo Forestale Dello Stato), Andrea Crosta (co-founder & Director of the Elephant Action League), Ebay Bonaventure (Director of the Lusaka Agreement Task Force), Giovanni Broussard (UNODC).