Podcast: Hague Institute Interviews Experts about Prevention of Wildlife Crime

During the Save Wildlife:  Act Now or Game Over conference from 1-3 March 2016, the Institute interviewed top experts to understand the issues surrounding wildlife crime and explore new, concrete solutions to protect one of the most precious assets of the world. 

The Conference brought together key stakeholders, including Ministers from the EU and beyond, private sector leaders, charities and NGOs. It was jointly organized by The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.

Building upon previous conferences held in London, Kasane and elsewhere, representatives from various sectors came together to discuss possibilities for wildlife deals, which are concrete action plans made by different configurations of stakeholders. The deals seek to reinforce and prompt real action. The conference focused on two themes:  Sustainable livelihoods and economic development, and strengthening law enforcement. In addition to these two themes, The Hague Conference also gave particular attention to the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.

The Hague Institute co-organized a plenary panel discussion and the following working groups:

  • Plenary Panel: Preventing and Combatting Wildlife Trafficking – The Role of Law Enforcement and Sustainable Development
  • Working Group: The Role of Effective Governance in Preventing and Combatting Wildlife Trafficking
  • Working Group: Technology as the New Frontier for Responding to Wildlife Trafficking

For this podcast, we spoke to:

Dilys Roe is the Principal Researcher and Team Leader (Biodiversity), Natural Resources Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a sustainable development think tank based in London. Roe’s work focuses on exploring and understanding linkages between biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and development. She previously coordinated IIED’s Evaluating Eden initiative, a global review of community-based wildlife management. Additionally, she served as an external advisor on biodiversity to the UK Department for International Development and received her PhD in Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty from the University of Kent.

Frank van Langevelde is an Associate Professor in the Resource Ecology department at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD from Wageningen University on the effects of landscape fragmentation on the spatial distribution and habitat selection of the European nuthatch, a small forest bird. This study was followed by two postdoc-studies, one on the effects of landscape fragmentation on pollinators and one on the effects of fire and herbivory on savanna vegetation. The interests of Frank is to study the effect of constraints of animal movement and distribution, due to for example fragmentation, food depletion, diseases, harsh weather conditions, on local populations and communities of animals: ranging from honeybees, butterflies, hedgehogs, impala to elephants. His research and teaching students are generally characterized by the combination of modelling and experiments. At the moment, he is involved in developing the idea of Smart Parks to prevent the poaching of rhinos in South Africa. The idea of Smart Parks, based on Smart Cities, aims to apply a variety of interconnected high-tech sensors to monitor wildlife and detect intrusion of poachers.

Andrew Lemieux is a Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. Andrew studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Arizona (BS 2005, MS 2006). He subsequently earned a Master’s degree (2008) and PhD (2010) in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. His doctoral research examined the risk of violent victimization Americans are exposed to in different activities and places. Since 2010, he has worked at the NSCR as a post-doc and then as a researcher. His current research focuses on the spatial and temporal elements of wildlife crime within protected areas with a specialization in understanding and planning ranger patrols.

Andrew Parker is the Joint Operations Director of African Parks Network based in Johannesburg, South Africa. African Parks is a non-profit organization that oversees the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. Parker is responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and implementation of policies and practices at protected wildlife areas all over the African continent. He has seventeen years of experience in conservation management and operations of national parks and reserves.

For more details about the conference, visit: http://www.savewildlife.nl/


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