Wildlife Trade and Crime Update

 

Harriet Davies-Mostert, Rynette Coetzee, Kirsty Brebner and Emily Taylor
Endangered Wildlife Trust

 

Abstract
Wildlife crime takes many guises: from the illegal use of local wildlife populations for subsistence livelihoods, to unregulated (over)utilisation of commercially harvested species, to highly organised rings smuggling wildlife specimens across international trade routes to support multi-billion dollar global industries. However, one thing is certain: across the globe, wildlife crime is on the increase, with significant negative consequences for biodiversity across a multitude of natural landscapes. A Special Session on Wildlife Crime was held at the Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice in 2012. This session brought together experts on wildlife crime to showcase the diversity of crimes that are committed, draw parallels across a multitude of systems and identify various tools for combating wildlife crime and illegal trade. A workshop process drew on the expertise of symposium participants to identify the biggest challenges preventing the effective mitigation of wildlife crime and to identify urgent actions needed to address this scourge. At the 2013 Symposium, we revisit some of the most pressing issues in wildlife crime, discuss emerging proactive and reactive instruments to combat crime, provide an update on progress made over the last twelve months, and encourage feedback and suggestions on mechanisms to improve our effectiveness at various scales.

 

Presentation Topic
Wildlife Trade and Crime Update
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