Days 2-3: September 26-27, 2017
Interactive sessions to follow through from previous presentation day for which delegates can begin to apply different approaches and enable deeper discussions. Knowledge Exchange sessions will cover a range of methodological, conceptual and practical challenges of the illegal wildlife trade, from both the supply and demand sides.
Some sessions include:
Market Dynamics: Economics of Supply and Demand
This session will explain how economists conceptualize markets and how this helps us to understand and potentially predict the interactions between various agents along supply chains. Such knowledge can help us understand why and when certain trade policy interventions may or may not be effective in achieving ultimate conservation goals. All concepts will be explained and illustrated using real-world examples of wildlife trade (illegal and legal).
Systematic Approach to Investigating Online Wildlife Trade
Trade in wildlife, both legal and illegal, is increasingly moving on to the internet, this presents both opportunities and challenges for investigating the trade. Here we will look at a systematic approach to studying online wildlife trade with the aim of providing a framework for conducting a transparent and replicable survey. Further we will look at the data that can be extracted from sales that may prove useful when looking at illegal trade.
Designing and Implementing Social Surveys
Anyone can design a survey. However, not everyone ends up with the answers they were looking for when they decided to create the instrument. This course/module will cover the basic elements of designing and implementing a survey using diverse methods (e.g., households -cultural sensitivity included vs. digital data collection techniques). This course is useful for both novices in survey methodology and for more experienced students, who want to refresh their knowledge. After the course, participants are ready to apply the learned towards their own surveys, are able to critically assess existing surveys and survey documentation, and are able to take advanced training in survey methodology and analysis.
Measuring Demand Reduction Impact
There has been significant interest recently, over the most effective ways to demonstrate the impact of demand reduction communications, in changing consumer choice and reducing major markets for illegally traded wildlife products. A number of reference materials and good practice guidelines have been produced, including by TRAFFIC, who proposes to hold this Expert Roundtable to discuss what is practical and feasible for NGOs to apply in real world scenarios in Asia, in order to ensure they apply a rigorous approach to assessing performance, and gather enough information of a good enough quality, to support adaptive management of campaign communications.
Modelling Drivers of the Illegal Wildlife Trade
The illegal wildlife trade is complex and there are many factors operating at different spatial and temporal scales that enable or inhibit the trade. There can be controversy about the impact of specific interventions (eg a complete ban on trade of a wildlife product). This interactive session aims to (1) identify drivers at various points along the trade chain and potential (possibly conflicting) causal pathways of different interventions (2) identify potential data sources to measure these drivers and (3) discuss modelling frameworks to explore, understand and predict the relative importance of different drivers and consequences of interventions on the trade.
Changing Business Sector Behaviour
Businesses play a key role in trade and facilitating trade in both legal and illegal wildlife products. This session will highlight various recent innovations in engagement with businesses to reduce illegal trade, switch to more responsible sourcing and avoid facilitating illegal activities including FairWild plant sourcing, the tradition medicine sector, the transport sector, the financial sector, internet companies. The workshop will facilitate discussion with participants on the focus of activities to further encourage market transformation, fostering real change rather than empty pledges and reducing the barriers to real action to address this issue.
Harnessing the Power of Zoos and Aquariums in Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade
This workshop consists of two complementary sessions. The first session will examine how standards of professionalism have evolved in the 21st century zoo, and explore the ways in which zoos and aquariums are currently working to address the illegal wildlife trade. This is a precursor to the second session, where participants will discuss the future potential for zoo/aquarium involvement in combatting illegal wildlife trade.
Please note, a full list of sessions will be available shortly.
Delegates will have the opportunity to select and register in advance for sessions in which they wish to participate, customising their schedule for both days. Sessions will be limited in numbers, and sign-up will be on a first-come first served basis. Early registration is advised.
Evening 2: September 26, 2017
Debate on the Illegal Wildlife Trade chaired by renowned BBC journalist John Simpson, which will be open to the public and the media.
Panelists to be confirmed shortly.
Please direct all media enquiries to Nafeesa Esmail.