Responding to the Illicit Wildlife Trade Online
The Global Initiative’s new project on cyber wildlife crime “Digital Dangers” aims to address the rising use of digital platforms to advertise, purchase and create new markets for illegal wildlife products. This project was presented at an event that took place in the margins of the 30th CITES Animals Committee meeting, at the CICG in Geneva.
The Global Initiative is doing original research on the nature and dynamics of online marketplaces, and provides concrete analysis of the challenges and opportunities for disrupting them. In addition, the Gl is strengthening networks for change by supporting investigative journalists to report on online IWT, and bringing together media and civil society to develop best practice on using the digital space for investigations and mobilization.
Digital Dangers forms part of a broader project on online environmental crime markets which draws together multilateral organisations and civil society, encompassing UNODC, INTERPOL and the Global Initiative. It is financed by the government of Norway.
This event was supported by the Geneva Environment Network
Tuesday Reitano (Deputy Director, GITOC):
- Cut the Purse Strings (by Rupert Horsley)
Targeting the online illegal wildlife trade through digital payment systems
- Digitally Enhanced Responses (by Simone Haysom)
New horizons for combating online illegal wildlife trade
James Wingard (Co-Founder and Legal Director, Legal Atlas).
- Catch Me If You Can
Legal challenges to illicit wildlife trafficking over the internet
Additional information and documents
Video of the event: https://www.facebook.com/GenevaEnvironmentNetwork/videos/10158183117078018/
Link to the project and publications: http://globalinitiative.net/initiatives/digital-dangers/