- ‘Evidence failure’ blights fight against illegal wildlife trade by Mike Shanahan, 26 October 2018
- Cocaine of the sea, ‘epic failure’ and how following the money can limit illegal wildlife trade by Mike Shanahan, 25 October 2018
- Illegal wildlife trade’s ‘dirty money’ targeted by big banks by James Fair, Mongabay, 19 October 2018
- Researchers Explore Ways to Bring Attention to and Inform Policy on the Illegal Wildlife Trade by Sara Schonhardt and James Fahn, Earth Journalism Network, 10 October 2018
- Crucial international conference to boost global response to wildlife crime by TRAFFIC, 10 October 2018
- Illegal wildlife trade endangers plants — but few are listening by Jacob Phelps, Amy Hinsley and Jared Maguiles, IUCN, 9 October 2018
- London Conference to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade by Jonathan Manning, National Geographic, 8 October 2018
- Consumer focus – Tackling illegal wildlife trade by reducing demand by Isabel Vique, Fauna & Flora International, 26 September 2018
Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is a leading threat to biodiversity globally. Experts from across the globe will convene in London next week to explore strategies to tackle IWT.
Evidence to Action will gather more than 270 researchers, community members, practitioners, journalists and decision-makers to explore the science of our responses to IWT, including their implications for wildlife, livelihoods and policy. It will cover topics such as:
- Innovative technologies, including forensic innovations, drones, AI, machine learning, online trade and social media
- “Forgotten” IWT, including forgotten species endangered by IWT (e.g., orchids, hornbills, fish), overlooked markets (e.g., UK, Europe and Latin America), and animal welfare
- The importance of gender to IWT interventions
- The role of media in reporting on complex and emotional IWT stories
- Park rangers and the controversial militarization of conservation
- Product substitution in IWT (e.g. lion bones used in place of tiger bones)
- The use of celebrities to tackle wildlife trade
The event also builds on a first-of-its-kind policy brief that highlights key research findings and gaps important to strengthening future conservation efforts.
- E.J. Milner-Gulland, Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, University of Oxford
- Laure Cugnière, Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, University of Oxford
- Paul De Ornellas, Zoological Society of London
- Rosaleen Duffy, BIOSEC, University of Sheffield
- David Robert, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent
- Jacob Phelps, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University
Want to learn more?
As part of our 2018 IWT event, we are working on exciting media opportunities any media representatives that would like to join us and connect with leading IWT researchers and end users. This media programme includes:
- For media enquiries and interview requests, contact Laure Cugnière (firstname.lastname@example.org). The event allows journalists to meet with leading experts from across the world, including access to novel stories, domestic and international networks.
Evidence to Action press release, interviews and quotes, photos and other resources are available on request.
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