Event Details

23 Nov


23 Nov 2022
5:15 PM - 7 PM

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Panama Conventi on Centre, Calle Gral.
Juan D. Peron, Panama City, Panama


Side event at the 19th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP)

The illegal wildlife trade spans geographical regions from source countries to consumption markets making it an inherently global problem demanding global solutions. International enforcement cooperation is recognized as being crucial for an effective response, but despite attempts to address the problem, international enforcement cooperation is often seen as weak, arduous and inadequate.

This event will discuss the findings of recent research conducted by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) that explored the challenges and opportunities regarding international cooperation for wildlife crime. We will discuss why there is a disconnect between the ideal mechanisms for cooperation and the practical realities, and explore possible solutions for the future to enhance prospects of success.

Participants are invited to stay for refreshments after the event.

Naomi Doak, Regional coordinator, Counter Wildlife Trafficking, WCS

Alastair MacBeath, Analyst, GI-TOC

Abimbola Animashawun, Wildlife crime lead at Nigeria Customs Service

Beijing Wang, Director, International Cooperation Department, Anti-Smuggling Bureau of the China Customs General

Bélisa Catarino, EL PAcCTO – Deputy coordinator of the Police Cooperation Component