Symposium: International Wildlife Trafficking - Solutions to a global crisis
11 - 12 Feb 2014 – 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
A United for Wildlife event hosted by ZSL
The international illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products has reached crisis proportions. It is a threat to the existence of iconic species, undermines the rule of law, threatens local community development and livelihoods, local and national revenue streams, and compromises local and global security. It also creates a barrier to economic and social development and is a significant cause of the depletion of natural capital.
The growing menace of wildlife trafficking necessitates a call to action for the global community, which is increasingly recognised by governments, world leaders, conservation organizations and law enforcement agencies. There is an urgent need therefore to capitalise on this consensus and move forward from recognising the problem, to identifying the strategies and approaches that can successfully prevent this trade.
To do this we must draw on a wide array of expertise and experience; review the lessons learned from existing efforts and harness skills from other applicable fields if we are to better understand how to protect the supply and reduce the demand that feeds and drives the illegal trade. It is only by focusing on a solution-led approach that we can meet the challenge posed by the global trafficking in wildlife.
The symposium will review the impacts of international wildlife trafficking; the most recent evidence on species affected, global security issues, transnational crime and links with poverty will be presented. The main focus of the symposium, however, is solutions. Evidence underlying solutions and a vision for how they can be implemented will be discussed. The symposium will provide a forum for sharing experiences from those involved in fighting wildlife crime as well as those active in other, related fields that can provide insight in combating wildlife trafficking.
The first session will focus on stopping illegal trade at source, in those countries in which trafficked wildlife originates. Topics covered will range from securing wildlife strongholds, the use of new technologies to protect wildlife, strengthening national capacity to fight wildlife crime, countering paramilitary poaching, through to supporting the legal process and overcoming local corruption. The second session will address the international dimension of trafficking with presentations including lessons from combating other serious international crime, such as drugs and arms, experiences shared from operations and initiatives against international wildlife crime and exploring the role that international policy and trade frameworks can play in addressing wildlife crime.
The focus will then switch to reducing the demand for wildlife products, the key driver of trade; creative approaches to engaging consumers in behaviour change will be presented including the perspective of the marketing/PR and public health sectors as well as case studies providing lessons learned in engaging with Chinese traditional medicine industry, and use of social marketing approaches. The symposium will close with a session synthesising the shared experiences of the two days, offering keynote perspectives for the future and the United for Wildlife partners presenting their commitments to implementing solutions to wildlife trafficking.
- Paul De Ornellas Assistant Programme Manager, Africa Programme, Zoological Society of London
- Susan Lieberman Executive director, conservation policy, Wildlife Conservation Society
- Jonathan Baillie Director of Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London
- John Robinson Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society
- Heather Sohl Chief Adviser, Species, Science and Policy Team, WWF-UK
- Rob Brett Regional Director, Africa, Fauna & Flora International
- Richard Jenkins UK Manager, Global Species Programme, IUCN
- Thomasina Oldfield Science, Research & Analysis Coordinator, TRAFFIC
- Sabri Zain Director of Policy, TRAFFIC
- Russell Mittermeier President, Conservation International
- David Banks Regional Managing Director of Africa, The Nature Conservancy
Symposium programme Microsoft Word International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium Programme (401 KB)
Registration now open
Full rate two days £150; one day or part day £85
Student/ZSL Friends and Fellows rate two days £75, one day or part day £45
Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee and a three-course dinner with the speakers will be held on the Tuesday evening; places at the dinner cost an additional £40 per head.
Please note that the registration deadline is 5 February 2014 - Bookings received after this date will incur a £10 administration fee.
Present a poster at this symposium:
International Wildlife Trafficking_Call for Posters (15 KB)
Poster proposals should be emailed to email@example.com by 4 February 2014
Debbie Banks, Environmental Investigation Agency
Craig Bruce, WWF
Ian Craig, Northern Rangelands Trust
Nav Dayanand, Fauna & Flora International
Naomi Doak, TRAFFIC
Ofir Drori, LAGA
David Higgins, INTERPOL
Lixin Huang, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
John Kasaona, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation
Peter Knights, WildAid
Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society
Adam Matthews, Globe International
Alejandro Nadal, El Colegio de Mexico
Rob Ogden, TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network
Anak Pattanavibool, WCS
Eric Phu, Independent Marketing Consultant
Rod Potter, Wildlife Investigator, South Africa
Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, Independent Conservation Economist
John Scanlon, CITES
John Sellar OBE, Anti-Smuggling, Fraud and Organized Crime Consultant
Heather Sohl, WWF
Lu Zhi, Shansui
United for wildlife is a partnership between: Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Foundation. The collaboration represents a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations
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