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Wildlife Crime & Trade

The Wildlife Crime and Trade Working Group works to improve the conservation and protection of wild flora and fauna threatened by domestic wildlife crime and international trade, also seeking to address the associated welfare issues. The working group aims to ensure the effective enforcement of UK wildlife laws and the proper implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and relevant EU directives.

Chair: Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation
Vice Chair: Peter Charleston, Bat Conservation Trust
Policy and Campaigns Manager: Emma Pereira, Link

Update from the Group

Recording Wildlife Crime
Following the launch of a key report last month, highlighting the importance of recording wildlife crime effectively, members are are continuing to advocate for better recording with policy makers. The report was launched at the Wildlife Crime Enforcer’s conference on 26 November, and received coverage on Channel 4 news. Tackling wildlife crime is not afforded the prioritisation and resources that it deserves, partly due to a lack of understanding of the scale of wildlife crime.

The Group has been identifying the opportunities and challenges for wildlife post-Brexit, with particular reference to wildlife crime and trade. Members are working across Link’s groups to ensure Brexit does not result in reduced protections for wildlife, but instead enables the UK to become a global leader in wildlife protection, by establishing strong domestic laws, policies and enforcement measures.

International Conventions
Members are responding to Defra's consultation on banning ivory trade in the UK this month, which follows a number of discussions which have been held internationally at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). A number of Link members also recently attended the CITES Standing Committee meeting, representing their organisations with the aims of protecting endangered animals from trade.

A number of Group members recently attended the Conference of the Parties (CoP) for the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Manilla. Prior to the CoP, the Group produced a number of documents to show joint NGO support for those international resolutions that protect wildlife.

For further information, contact Emma Pereira, Link’s Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 15 December 2017