The event programme will bring together researchers and end-users from across all sectors working on IWT, to find new ways of working together to tackle this complex topic. Research plays a central role in finding real-world solutions to the challenges posed by IWT, in ways that are evidence-based, and effective.
People engaged in IWT-related research or who are applying an evidence-based approach to address IWT are encouraged to attend including academics (from all disciplines, including natural and social scientists, and the humanities), conservation practitioners, policy partners, NGOs and/or representatives from the media.
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This event will focus on Evidence to Action, linked to the core aims of the London 2018 IWT Conference and structured around the UK government’s four strategic pillars.
London 2018 IWT Conference core aims:
- Tackling serious organised crime
- Building coalitions
- Closing markets for illegally traded wildlife
Four strategic pillars:
- Eradicating the market for illegal wildlife products
- Ensuring effective legal frameworks and deterrents
- Strengthening law enforcement
- Supporting sustainable livelihoods and economic development
This event will cover the full range of areas in which research can support action, explicitly reaching across IWT stakeholder groups to learn from experience and build collaborations that can inform policy and action. We aim to be inclusive and seek a diverse range of approaches and perspectives.
The programme will include mini-workshops, interactive panel discussions and visual presentations:
- Mini Workshop (up to 30 participants) – for those who want to use the event as an opportunity to organise a session bringing key IWT stakeholders to the table to produce specific outputs or build cross-sector coalitions to further illegal wildlife trade research and practice.
- Panel Discussion – for those who wish to organise an open discussion around a particular topic (such as a hot issue, methodological challenge, or innovative approach). The panel can have a flexible format including presentations, question-and-answer sessions and/or facilitated discussions. There is the possibility for live-streaming depending on desire and budget.
- Visual Presentation – for those who want to use their imagination to rethink how to present their work in a visual way, such as a visual abstract of your research (e.g. poster format). This will be the opportunity to showcase your work and network with other delegates one-on-one in a more informal setting.
- address the pressing issues, gaps and evidence needs for effective action to tackle IWT,
- relate to the core aims and strategic pillars of the London 2018 IWT Conference,
- showcase and promote cross-sector collaborations and diverse perspectives,
- demonstrate how a strong evidence base can be used to shape robust conservation policy and guide effective action.