Plenary Panels and Guest Speakers
Evidence to Action Opening Ceremony chaired by Bob Smith, Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (Huxley Theatre, 9:00-9:45)
- Opening Remarks with Dominic Jermey, Director General of the Zoological Society of London (9:00-9:15)
- Evidence to Action plenary with Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (9:15-9:45)
Effective Use of Evidence Panel chaired by E.J. Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity of the University of Oxford (Huxley Theatre, 14:00-14:45)
- Ling Xu, Acting Head of TRAFFIC China and WWF China-Wildlife Trade Programme
- Edson Gandiwa, Professor of Wildlife Conservation and Management and Dean, Chinhoyi University of Technology
- Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of International Politics, University of Sheffield
- Scott Roberton, Director for Counter-Wildlife Trafficking, WCS Asia program
Bridging the Gap Between IWT Researchers, Communities and the Media chaired by Keith Somerville, Honorary Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent (Huxley Theatre, 17:30 – 18:15)
- Rachael Bale, National Geographic Society Wildlife Trade Investigative Reporter
- Estacio Valoi, Freelancer Investigative Journalist
- Jonathan Watts, Global Environment Editor of The Guardian
Evidence to Action Closing Remarks chaired by Jacob Phelps, Lecturer in Tropical Environmental Change and Policy at the Lancaster Environment Centre (Huxley Theatre, 18:15-18:25)
Evidence to Action Opening Ceremony (Huxley Theatre, 9:15 – 9:45)
Effective Use of Evidence (Huxley Theatre, 14:00 – 14:45)
Policy-makers and practitioners are generally committed to evidence-based decision-making, but this can be challenging in the face of misinformation, lobbying and inadequate information. Tools and expertise to improve the evidence base for national and international Illegal Wildlife Trade policy already exist but are underutilised. Tapping into these resources would produce substantive benefits for wildlife conservation and associated sectors, enabling governments to better meet their obligations under the Sustainable Development Goals and international biodiversity conventions. This can be achieved through enhanced funding support for inter-sectoral research collaborations, engaging researchers in priority setting and programme design, increasing developing country research capacity and engaging researchers and community voices in policy processes. Better aligning public policy discourse and action with research evidence would make IWT policy more effective.
Bridging the gap between IWT researchers, communities and the media (Huxley Theatre, 17:30 – 18:15)
We are thrilled to announce that the media panel and multidisciplinary networking reception are jointly hosted by BIOSEC Project, University of Sheffield; Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent; Fauna & Flora International (FFI); International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), University of Lancaster; International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (IUCN SUli); Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade (OMP-IWT), University of Oxford; Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
The panel will address the role of the media in reporting on complex and emotional IWT stories.