Wildlife Crime

Moderation:

Catherine Lankes, MAIS 20, Freelance Journalist

 

Speakers:

 

Tim Steele - Senior Adviser, Anti-Corruption UNODC

 

Reina-Marie Loader - Human rights filmmaker, investigating the link between human rights issues and the environment

 

Christian Walzer - Wildlife veterinarian, Professor University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

 

Lejda Toci - Expert UNODC Global Program on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime

Serious about Wildlife Crime

The second ETIA talk of 2016/2017 under the overarching topic of environmental crime will look at one of the fastest growing topics in this field, wildlife crime. At a first glance, this topic might seem to be a problem limited to certain countries or regions, but we aim to convince you that it is truly a topic of global proportions. With the UNODC publishing a first comprehensive report on wildlife crime just last year, the true dimensions of this problem have for the first time become very clear. It openly demonstrates that there is an ever growing demand for these wildlife products in both home decor and medicine all over the world, which makes it a real global issue. Unfortunately this is also why, poaching is still a very lucrative and ever growing business and increasingly dominated by corruption. Estimates of illegal wildlife trade range from 70 to 200 billion US Dollars per year, making it a huge part of the new organized crime. According to wildlife officials, the world is losing millions of animals per year due to senseless illegal poaching, which in turn is increasingly contributing to the extinction of certain wildlife species. For this reason, we want to highlight these issues in our next expert panel talk and discuss possible countermeasures and feasible legal solutions both under CITES and national law. Join us on March 9th, just one week after the fourth official World Wildlife Day on March 3rd.

 

If you want to know more about this topic check out the following links:

https://youtu.be/jILZhvx_zfI

 

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2016/May/wildlife-crime-assessed-globally-for-the-first-time-in-new-unodc-report.html?ref=fs4

 

https://www.cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php/Wildlife-Crime

 

http://wildlifeday.org/