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The “tipping point” for wildlife crime in Africa is fast approaching: the extinction of key species and irreparable damage to the environment are both imminent possibilities in the near future.  Growing demand for wildlife products in key markets has triggered a professionalization and aggression in poaching which is unparalleled.  Armed with advanced weaponry, surveillance equipment and facilitated by extensive corruption, the criminal market in wildlife crime is now one of the most significant illicit markets in the world.  Key species such as the rhino are being slaughtered at record levels.  Lesser known animals are traded at a scale that is almost incomprehensible.  This is no longer just a criminal act: it is warfare.

The Global Initiative is drawing upon the resources in the Network to undertake on-the-ground research and expert analysis on the topic of wildlife crime.

In 2015, collaboration with the University of Cape Town Centre for Criminology and the Wildlife Action Trust, we hosted a three-day seminar series entitled “Wildlife in Crisis” that brought the frontline perspective from those battling to save biodiversity in Southern Africa, and some of its most iconic species.

We have presented papers at key meetings, including informing EU Consultations on Wildlife Crime and are participating in a dialogue with the Prince’s Trust on financial flows related to wildlife trafficking.

See Network Member John M. Sellar, former Chief of Law Enforcement at CITES present the GI Paper “Policing the Trafficking of Wildlife” at the London Zoological Society Symposium on International Wildlife Trafficking in February 2014.  His remarks begin at 1.47.15:



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