Abdel Aziz Mossi Antônio Sampaio Eleanor Beevor

Armed groups and conflict economies in the national parks in West Africa

A Talk by Abdel Aziz Mossi , Antônio Sampaio and Dr Eleanor Beevor

About this Talk

Violent extremist groups have been expanding from their primary bases in Mali and Burkina Faso towards the southern and coastal states of West Africa.

One of the main corridors for this expansion has been the stretch of protected land comprising the W, Arly and Pendjari national parks. This area of connected natural reserves, which also contains several smaller semi-protected areas and hunting concessions, is referred to as the WAP complex.

This event draws on the publication of "Reserve assets: Armed groups and conflict economies in the national parks of Burkina Faso, Niger and Benin". Speakers will present the findings of the report, and will discuss the ways in which armed groups and illicit economies interact in protected spaces.

11 July 2023, 01:00 PM

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

About The Speakers

Abdel Aziz Mossi

Abdel Aziz Mossi


Antônio Sampaio

Antônio Sampaio

GITOC, Senior Analyst

Senior Analyst, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Eleanor Beevor

Dr Eleanor Beevor

Senior Analyst, GI-TOC