HOT TOPIC: WORKSHOP – THE FORGOTTEN OTHERS: ADDRESSING THE DEMAND FOR ILLEGAL (NON-RHINO) WILDLIFE PRODUCTS WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA (Thursday 6 November)
The illegal trade in wildlife is suspected to be having significant impacts on many animal and plant species, but there has been insufficient focus on the less charismatic species because of the recent emphasis on illegal trade in rhino horn. In addition to not having a strategy to counter illegal wildlife trade, we also lack appropriate information on numbers of animals and plants removed from the wild, and are uncertain of the impacts that this has on their populations. During this interactive session we present some South African case studies of species being impacted by internal trade, and then move on to a discussion on (i) how illegal trade can be measured for species that are not easily countable (such as pangolins and pythons), (ii) how impacts on populations can be evaluated, and (iii) how demand reduction can be used as an effective method to reduce the illegal removal or killing of threatened wildlife. [If you are suffering from rhino fatigue, this is a perfect opportunity to contribute to addressing illegal wildlife trade for some OTHER important and highly threatened species].