Posted on 31 Oct 2023
You are invited to a panel discussion that underscores the pivotal role of data in addressing the challenges of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). As part of the Global Illicit Flow Programme, this event is hosted by the EU and places a strong emphasis on the significance of data in combating online IWT. It highlights the need for efficient collection and sharing of data to enhance response strategies.
Technological advancements have transformed the landscape of IWT, shifting it from physical markets to virtual platforms. However, technological innovations can be simultaneously harnessed to improve monitoring, understanding and international collaboration as components in disrupting IWT.
This CITES side event aims to foster a dialogue on the opportunities and hurdles within this context while introducing upcoming projects in the field.
The event aligns with the recommendations set forth in Conf. 11.3 (CoP19) on Compliance and Enforcement. Notably, it addresses Section VII (concerning wildlife crime associated with the internet) and 19(b) (the promotion and dissemination of forensic technologies).
Opening remarks: Agata Sobiech: CITES Team Leader at the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) of the European Union.
Simone Haysom: Head of Programme of ECO-SOLVE and Lead on Environmental Crime at the GI-TOC.
Ramon Gonzales Gallego: Officer of the Spanish Guardia Civil and leader of the Cybercrime stream of EMPACT.
Adrián Sanchez Moreno: Officer of the Spanish Guardia Civil and responsible for wildlife investigations.
Sharada Balasubramanian: Freelance environmental journalist from India.
The panel will be followed by a Q & A with the audience, and a drinks reception outside the venue.