Illegal wildlife trade

12th October 2018 Vienna, Austria

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by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

The fifth biggest crime in the world

This week the United Kingdom is hosting many world leaders.  They are coming to London to make commitments in the fight against the Illegal Wildlife Trade. The Illegal Wildlife Trade, or IWT, is not only big – the fifth largest transnational organised crime in the world – it also has incalculable costs for endangered species […]

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11th October 2018

Duncan Brack

Independent environmental policy analyst

The illegal timber trade, forest governance and lessons for tackling illegal wildlife trade

Previous conferences on the illegal wildlife trade haven’t tended to feature much discussion of illegal logging and the trade in illegal timber – probably because most trees in international trade are not endangered species. Nevertheless, there are several common elements between illegal logging and the illegal wildlife trade. Both flourish in situations of weak governance […]

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10th October 2018

Philip Muruthi and Ken Mwathe

Philip Muruthi is the Vice President of Species Protection for the African Wildlife Foundation / Ken Mwathe is Programme Manager for Policy at the BirdLife International Africa Office

The fight against the illegal wildlife trade CAN be won

This week the UK hosts a conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, bringing together global leaders to work together to end wildlife crime. Here two conference delegates from Africa pen a guest blog for the Foreign Office on what they’ll put into the conference – and what they expect to get out of it. “What […]

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21st September 2018

Susan Scott

Filmmaker

World Rhino Day – Journey into the Rhino Horn War

The South African duo who risked EVERYTHING to film the illegal trade in rhino horn in Africa and Asia South African filmmakers Susan Scott and Bonne de Bod sold their homes and moved back in with their parents to undertake a dangerous three-year-long investigation into the murky underground world of the illegal trade in rhino […]

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