discussion / Wildlife Crime  / 10 April 2018

IWT Horizon Scan

Due to the magnitude and complexity of the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), conservationists are often only able to fight crises on the ground. To support a more proactive approach, the Oxford Martin Programme on the illegal wildlife trade is leading a Horizon Scan to identify and prioritise emerging issues. All those interested in contributing expertise and insight are invited to participate. You do not need a deep understanding of IWT or to be working within the area to participate. We are especially keen to hear from those in different institutions, disciplines and sectors who are open-minded thinkers.

IWT is a major and growing global threat to biodiversity, affecting both plants and animals. It is one of the highest valued illicit trade sectors and poses threats to public health and security, making it one of our most pressing challenges. The aim of this study is to take advantage of the timely opportunity to inform global policy and decision-making in advance of the 2018 London IWT Conference - raising awareness of political implications and enabling more effective and strategic conservation action.

To find out more and to take part in this study, please see the Call for Participation for further information. The deadline for submitting issues is April 18, 2018. Submissions can be lodged here, in multiple languages and participation will be facilitated remotely, but is restricted to those aged 18 years or older. Additional inquiries can be addressed to Nafeesa Esmail at [email protected].