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Event Beyond Enforcement: The role of communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade

Alarming rises in illegal wildlife trade over the last decade show that tougher law enforcement is not enough to stop poachers from devastating populations of iconic or endangered species. However, the trend towards increasingly militarised law enforcement can harm or alienate the communities who live alongside wildlife and have real power to protect it.

A recent international symposium organised by IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, IIED, TRAFFIC and partners discussed the incentives and governance structures needed to effectively engage local people in wildlife conservation. Local people must be allowed to benefit from conservation efforts and be supported by responsive, efficient law enforcement agencies as equal partners in the fight against wildlife crime.

This event is organised in light of the recent international and regional inter-governmental conferences on illegal wildlife trade and forthcoming CITES CoP17.

The aim is to raise awareness amongst European policy makers as to current imbalance in attention to different policy options for tackling illegal wildlife trade; highlight findings on the limits to a purely enforcement-led approach and present case studies from Africa showcasing effective approaches to community engagement in combating illegal wildlife trade; and foster a dialogue between European policy-makers, international conservation and development organisation, and African practitioners about the lessons learned from community engagement and the policy requirements to support more effective approaches.

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Period 22/06/2015
Event location Room PHS 1C 047, European Parliament Place du Luxembourg 1050 Ixelles Belgium
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Taking place from 17:00 – 19:30, Monday 22 June 2015

16:20-16:50 REGISTRATION - Altiero Spinelli building, Place du Luxembourg
17:00-17:05 Welcome and introduction by Pavel Poc MEP
17:05-17:15 Dr Dilys Roe, IIED and Roland Melisch, TRAFFIC
Global responses to IWT and the role of communities
17:15-17:25 Susan Canney, Mali Elephant Project
Case Study
17:25-17:35 Rodgers Lubilo, South African Wildlife College
Case Study
17:35-17:45 Calvin Cottar, Cottar's Safaris, Kenya (by video)
Case Study
17:45-17:55 Q&A
17:55-18:05 Dr Rosie Cooney, SULi
Summary conclusions from the Beyond Enforcement symposium
18:05-19:25 Panel debate and discussion with the audience
Moderated by Luc Bas, IUCN
Catherine Bearder MEP
Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Head of Unit, DG DEVCO
Tom De Meulenaer, Chief of the Scientific Services, CITES Secretariat
19:25-19:30 Conclusions by Pavel Poc MEP

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