Webinar: Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, Contraband and Smuggling

Wednesday 9th March 2022
9am EST / 2pm UK / 3pm CET

Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is a major and growing threat to global biodiversity.

The trafficking of, and unsustainable trade in fauna and flora commodities, such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, tiger bone, bear bile, and rosewood has led to unprecedented declines in some of the world’s most charismatic wildlife species, as well as some of the lesser known.

The global trade in endangered species, over 1.5million transactions per year, will drive some species to extinction if the trade is not stopped.

The rise of the internet as a trade channel for illegal goods, including wildlife, changes the way trade is conducted.

Ivory poaching caused a 60% decline in elephant numbers between 2009 and 2014, and China’s pangolin population has declined by an estimated 94% since the 1960s, due to trade for consumption. Estimated to be worth up to $10 billion annually, wildlife trade is one of the highest value illicit trade sectors in the world.

This webinar asks:
• What can the border community do to stem the flow and illegal trade of wildlife and endangered species?
• What technologies or processes can be implemented to support organisations dedicated to protecting wildlife and tackling wildlife trafficking?

SPEAKERS:

  • Jenny Constantine, Policy Specialist, Office of Law Enforcement Policy (OLEP), Ministry of National Security, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Justin Gosling, Director, Wildcrime
  • TBC